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Cybernet Systems, Ann Arbor Headquarters

Cybernet Systems Corporation, a woman-owned small business, was founded in 1989 as a research and development company committed to creating robotics technology solutions and advancements to human-machine interaction.  Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cybernet has completed hundreds of Department of Defense contracts and is one of the largest Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract winners in the United States.

Cybernet has made significant contributions to the health, productivity and security of America and the world.  A leader in robotics since its inception, Cybernet invented the largest selling robotic consumer technology on the market today, force feedback technology, which can be found in many home video game components. To meet an urgent military need, the U.S. Army turned to Cybernet, a trusted partner, to effectively create an ammunition sorter which saves time and money, while increasing safety for our troops in the field.  In just 90 days, Cybernet’s Automated Tactical Ammunition Classification System (ATACS) was operational in the field, and recently the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has entrusted Cybernet to develop, manufacture, integrate, deliver and setup 25 additional ATACS units.

The Cybernet staff is led by a dedicated group of engineers, scientists, and business professionals skilled in Analog & Digital Electronics, RF, Sensors, Robotics, Human-Computer Interaction, Mechanical Design, Electrical Design, Software Development, Network Design & Security, Training & Simulation, Security Systems, Linux and Unix and Windows Software Development. 

Unlike pure research companies or universities, Cybernet is driven to bring its research to market.  By specifically focusing on technologies that enhance human performance, Cybernet has successfully converted research and development endeavors into commercially viable and useful products for the commercial, defense and medical markets.

Cybernet's goal is to successfully develop and commercialize technology that combines its engineering and computer science prowess with Internet and/or electronic device capabilities.  Unlike pure research companies or universities, Cybernet is driven to leverage intellectual property to increase shareholder value through its focus on commercially attractive innovations -- in other words, to bring its research to market.  Cybernet has been extremely successful in this venture by specifically focusing on technologies that enhance human performance.  Cybernet has a proven track record of successfully converting research and development endeavors into commercially viable and useful products for the Commercial, Defense and Medical markets.  Cybernet consistently works to advance the "state of the art" of user interface design and Internet applications, with the ultimate objective of blurring the lines of human interaction with devices to the point where such interaction becomes transparent.


Cybernet Commercial Products

Cybernet Defense Products

Cybernet Medical Products

Five Business Development Units

Software DevelopmentSimplifing Linux Technology While Expanding its Functionality and Capability for the Defense and Business Customer.

Cybernet's NetMAX™ product line represents both the first business-ready Linux server and the first step in evolving an inexpensive/flexible software platform for easy-to-use Internet appliances.  NetMAX™ leverages the power, reliability and flexibility of Linux to deliver a simple, inexpensive software system for controlling Internet appliance hardware.  NetMAX™ simplifies Linux set-up and management for business servers.  Future developments will drive the technology into ever more compact and/or embedded Internet appliance applications, along with e-commerce and enhanced network security functionality.  The true power of NetMAX™ is its ability to shield the user from the complexities of the underlying operating system and related applications, while still offering all the robustness, flexibility, and power that has made Linux the biggest phenomenon in the software industry.  NetMAX™ pushes the Linux envelope through custom intelligent configuration code, tight integration and a graphical HTML interface.  While setting up a Linux Web server typically takes significant technical depth and potentially several days of configuration and "tweaking," a NetMAX™ Web server can be set up in as little as 15 minutes by a relatively unsophisticated user.  If you can use a Web browser, you can set up NetMAX™. NetMAX™ also integrates the most popular brand of Linux (based on Red Hat OS) and proven applications such as the Apache Web server, Sendmail, Samba and others.

Medical Communication Technologies - Linking the Physician/Caregiver to their patients at home (Outpatient Care) through secure Internet connections.

The Cybernet Medical division introduces MedStar™, a product that leverages the Internet to change the way doctors monitor and diagnose patients, as well as the way in which doctors and patients interact through technology.  As part of this objective, Cybernet Medical is implementing a nationwide Internet-based telemedicine service that enables physicians to remotely gather and review outpatient physiological data via the Internet.  This data includes heart rate, blood pressure, electrocardiograms, electroencephalograms, etc., as well as medical imagery and video.  Doctors then use this data gathered over an extended period of time to better manage chronic conditions.  The Cybernet Medical service enables physicians to access homebound patient data from any Internet connection whether at the office, hospital, home or while traveling and to share this data with colleagues or specialists in a speedy, secure fashion.  This convergence of the Internet with existing medical business practices promises to revolutionize the gathering of outpatient data.  Cybernet Medical's intellectual property base is broad, encompassing all Internet-based medical instrumentation, monitoring and records management.

Gesture Recognition Technology (GRT) - Changing the Way People Control Devices from a Distance.

Cybernet's Gesture Recognition Technology will radically alter the way people interact with devices ranging from computers and information/Internet kiosks to consumer electronics.  The underlying technology observes human hand and body motions and interprets gestural signals in order to control devices.  Gesture recognition will ultimately remove the need to command through physical contact, with keyboards and mice, or remote controls.  The system tracks a user's movements, identifies specific gestures (typically easy-to-make hand motions) and initiates commands associated with those gestures.  Users can issue commands from anywhere within the line of sight of a motion detection sensor.  This gesture recognition technology can reduce maintenance costs typically associated with remotes, touch-screen controlled kiosks and other common consumer electronic devices.  The technology is an excellent complement to speech recognition technology, because it allows device control in environments with noise interference or constraints.  Cybernet motion sensor expertise includes video-based tracking, tracking of active targets, tracking of eye, hand, or body, and integrated inertial motion tracking.

Simulation and Gaming - Using the Internet for Simulation and Gaming.

The Cybernet OpenSkies™ project has delivered the first HLA compliant scalable (> than 100,000 players) Massive Multiplayer Online Gaming system that supports both Military Simulation and Training and Commercial Network Gaming.  Furthermore, OpenSkies™ graphics and simulation engines implement state-of-the-art, open three-dimensional simulation environments suitable for both training and recreational/gaming systems.  Originally developed to meet military training requirements, OpenSkies™ simulation engine components deliver a fully three-dimensional, immersive indoor/outdoor environment that supports a virtually limitless range of ground-based vehicles, flight aircraft, physics models, and first-person action.  OpenSkies™ HLA compliant messaging routing system leverages real-time multicasting technology and voice over IP communications, as well as the inclusion of outside data types, such as video and web connectivity.  This routing system provides direct control of quality of service, security, authentication, and scalability to very large distributed WAN connected simulation federations.  OpenSkies™ graphics, tactical terrain, behavior AI, and physics engines allow developer/user manipulation of the simulation environment, including changes to scenery, weather, aircraft, vehicles, etc., which can then be shared with other users over the Internet.  The Openskies™ project's novel security matrix allows for unprecedented simulation security.

Force Feedback TechnologyOptimizing Man-Machine Interfaces.

Cybernet's Force Feedback technology revolutionized user interaction with computer-input devices and game controllers.  Cybernet invented and patented the technology behind Force Feedback controllers, using intelligent robotics to dramatically enhance the interaction between user and device.  In fact, this Force Feedback technology represents the first commercially successful attempt to have a computer or gaming console give tactile feedback to the user.  The company joined forces with Immersion Corporation to implement a successful centralized design and licensing strategy (licensees now include Microsoft and Logitech).  Cybernet is one of Immersion's (IMMR, NASDAQ) major shareholders.

Cybernet's list of patents can be found in the USPTO Patent Database (search for Cybernet AND Systems to get a complete list).

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