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Engineering competition rewards motion control designs

June 16, 2006 - Lincoln , MA – Performance Motion Devices, Inc. (PMD), a world leader in motion control technology, is proud to announce the launch of iBot, Motion Control for Higher Education, a new competition that will put the latest motion control products directly in the hands of students or student groups, masters and doctoral candidates, as well as professors and researchers. Through the iBot competition, PMD selects the most promising applications in academic research and development that include motion control in their design, and donates the appropriate motion control hardware. This way, iBot helps to significantly reduce the costs of designing and developing these important applications.

Applicants are encouraged to review all of PMD’s motion control chips, cards, modules, and software to determine which product would best suit the project’s requirements. On or before the 1st of every month, PMD accepts applications via the website, and then reviews each application by the 15th of the same month. Projects are judged on factors such as technical innovation, uniqueness of the project, and overall feasibility. The project that shows the most promise / highest potential based on these criteria will be awarded their specified motion control hardware, free of charge, from PMD. Entries that are not selected in one month are welcome to re-submit in following months.

Another major benefit of iBot is that PMD follows the project through to completion and provides support when required. Participants are encouraged to post progress reports and pictures of the latest developments. Projects will also receive valuable publicity and exposure.

Chuck Lewin, President and CEO of PMD comments, "iBot is a great way to get advanced motion hardware into the hands of innovative thinkers. By focusing on academic research projects, iBot will help raise the awareness of motion control to a generation of students and researchers."
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