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\F4\←L\-R\/'7;\+R\→.\→S   Telephone:
\F1\CJanuary 25, 1977

Professor Raphael Finkel
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Computer Sciences Department
1210 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Dear Ray:
	Thanks for your letter.  You got me just in this  letter
is one of my  last letters under the  Vicarm headline.  Tomorrow at  10:30
AM, Vicarm becomes as division of  Unimation, Inc.  We will henceforth  be
named Unimation  West, and  will continue  development of  small  electric
manipulators.  I  will be  general  manager of  this division,  and  will
remain at the same address in Mountain View.  Initially, we will offer for
sale the same  Vicarm products, but  within a  year, we will  have a  new,
industrialized manipulator system for sale.  I still recommend the current
models for University and Research groups  such as yours, because they have
features like brakes,  multimode servos, and  a general purpose  interface
which the industrial versions will lack.

	In any event, I  hope the enclosed literature  is of help.   Maybe
I'll get to give you a demo one of these days...complete with LSI-11.

	My status at the lab will shortly change from perpetual student to
student on leave, and lab guest, so mail and messages will still reach  me

	The HE group has furthur deteriorated under the direction of  TOB.
We now have only 1 CSD student (Ron Goldman)...all others are imposters or
foreign guests  here  on  boondoggles.   We  STILL  don't  have  any  arms
running...  Gafford left, and I took BLUE  to Vicarm to give it the  $2000
professional rebuild.  Since Binford never  authorized it, I will not  charge
the lab, but will hope to trade a bit of computer time here and there.

	Speaking of computers...with my joining Unimation, I now will have
some better financing.  Would  you have any  interest in some  consulting.
Specifically,new software development, ala what BES has been doing for me.
Bruce wants to finish his  PhD and is hesitant  to do new development  at
the present time although he is  maintaining what he already did for  me.
The code is for the PDP-11, all fixed point routines, and involves furthur
development of the VAL language.  Let me know if you are interested.

	Have you ever met Ali Serig at U of Wisc. He's interested in robots too.
All else is well... how are you fixed for wheels these days.  Do they
make snow chains for your vintage bike?\.


Victor Scheinman