Butterfly Haptics News (2010)
You can read about the genesis of the Butterfly Haptics company in IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine, vol. 17, issue no. 4 in an article written by Ralph Hollis at the editor's request. It is a story about contributions one can make to a field by following an entrepreneurial path.
- October 26, 2010: Butterfly Haptics trademark
Butterfly Haptics, LLC has received Registered Trademark No. 3,866,298 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The award is presented by R&D Magazine to recognize the 100 most technologically significant products of the past year. Since the award program began in 1963, it has identified a number of revolutionary technologies that went on to become household names, including the automated teller machine (1973), fax machine (1975), liquid crystal display (1980), Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992) and HDTV (1998). Winners, listed on the R&D Awards website, will be recognized at an awards banquet Nov. 11 in Orlando, Fla.
- June 8, 2010: ISR/ROBOTIK 2010 in Munich, Germany
The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics selected Butterfly Haptics and our Maglev 200™ product as one of six finalists out of 15 entries for the 2010 Invention and Entrepreneurship Award. The award highlights and honors the achievements of inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products.
- May 3-8, 2010: ICRA, in Anchorage, Alaska
The IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation was held in Anchorage, Alaska this year and Butterfly Haptics was there. The 2010 conference was a great one with about 1600 people in attendance! The weather was exceptional and the scenary was awesome. What has haptics got to do with robots? Many of our customers are finding that the Maglev 200™ makes an ideal master device for controlling robot arms.
We had a great time at the haptic symposium where we found that a surprising number of haptics researchers had not yet had the chance to try the Maglev 200™! The haptics field is growing, with about 300 attendies at this year's event. As you can see in the photos, we were honored with the visit of a pair of distinguished guests.
- February 1, 2010: Table for two-handed haptics
We are pleased to announce the availability of a new Model 224 30" x 48" table with mounting arrangements for a pair of Maglev 200™ devices. Our multiple server, multiple client API makes it easy to include both hands with haptics, important for surgical and robot control operations. Contact Butterfly Haptics for details.
Professor Fred Brooks from the University of North Carolina experienced a few of our demos on the Maglev 200™. Professor Brooks pioneered the field of haptics with his groundbreaking "Project GROPE" in the late 1960s.
Professor Emeritus James D. Livingston from MIT was delighted to experience "the magic of magnetic levitation." Professor Livingston is an expert on magnetic materials. His forthcoming book on all manners of maglev topics to be published by Harvard University Press will include a section on maglev haptics.