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Harvard's SDM Hand – Worldwide Exclusive License

Barrett Technology, Inc.

Barrett Technology, Inc. now has a license agreement with Harvard University under which it has acquired exclusive rights to a novel polymer-based robotic-hand technology, known in the literature as the SDM Hand.

This robotic grasper was developed by Robert D. Howe, Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Aaron Dollar, a former member of Dr. Howe's lab and currently an Assistant Professor at Yale's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The robotic hand has fingers with flexible joints, which allow it to easily conform to objects and grip them solidly without exerting excessive force. These special joints also enable the hand to grasp objects that vary widely in size, shape and mass, and to overcome positioning errors, in which the object is not optimally placed for being grasped. Also, the hand is robust and capable of withstanding large impacts without damage.

Barrett expects the first production units to be available by 2011.

About Harvard University's Office of Technology Development
The Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD) is responsible for all activities pertaining to the evaluation, patenting and licensing of new inventions and discoveries made at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. OTD also serves to further the development of Harvard technologies through the establishment of sponsored research collaborations with industry. OTD's mission is to promote the public good by fostering innovation and translating new inventions made at Harvard into useful products available and beneficial to society.

About Barrett Technology, Inc.
Barrett Technology, Inc. is the technology leader in manufacturing high-performance robotic manipulators for emerging applications requiring superior versatility. For more information, contact Bill Townsend at wt@barrett.com

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