Tech Transfer



Cobots, collaborative robots for direct interaction with a human operator, were a lab invention. Cobots were brought to commercial utility by Cobotics LLC.  Cobotics was purchased in 2002 by Stanley Assembly Technology (Cleveland)

Cobots are covered by numerous patents, starting with 5923139 "Passive robotic constraint devices using non-holonomic transmission elements (cobots)".

Kinea Design

Kinea Design LLC was formed in 2001 to apply human/machine interaction research, and rigorous design principles, to the needs of physical therapists and their patients who are regaining the ability to walk.   The KineAssist gait and balance device was the result of that effort. The KineAssist program is now owned by the Rehabilitation Insititute of Chicago.  

The design team went on to many other endeavors in robotics, prosthetics, and human interface.   Kinea Design became part of HDT Global in 2011.  The design team operates in Evanston IL.  

MAKO Surgical

MAKO Surgical Corp. (Ft. Lauderdale) began as Z-KAT, a lab spinoff founded to commecialize developments in image guided surgery.

US Patent 5799055 "Apparatus and method for planning a stereotactic surgical procedure using coordinated fluoroscopy" was foundational intellectual property.

Tangible Haptics

Tangible Haptics LLC was founded in 2011 to bring a compelling sense of haptic reality to interfaces on glass touch screens.   Intellectual property resulted from lab developments in Surface Haptics.


Object profile sensing

Solomon, J. H., M. J. Z. Hartmann, and C. L. Schroeder, Object profile sensing, , vol. US8109007 B2, no. US 12/455,389, 02/2012.

Non-contacting sensors

Peshkin, M. A., Non-contacting sensors, : Stanley Assembly Technologies, 2003.


Colgate, J. E., and M. A. Peshkin, Cobots, : Google Patents, 1999.