Quanser’s advanced and innovative mechatronics development team was able to create a proof of concept in just three days. Gibson was impressed with the way in which Quanser built on Unotchit’s initial designs. “They took all of that work, extrapolated and built it into a rotary control instead of linear control – and made it smaller and faster,” Gibson told Design Engineering magazine.
By drawing upon its own in-house expertise and technology, Quanser was able to develop the initial proof-of-concept prototype into a final, tested design for production and then take it to full manufacturing within only a few months. “The speed, accuracy and repeatability are incredible,” says Gibson. “To accomplish this in such a short timeframe is remarkable.”
Equally important to Unotchit, Quanser was able to work with the company in a way that respected its intellectual property concerns. Working with leading Toronto IP law firm Bereskin & Parr, Quanser was able to draft an agreement that allowed Unotchit to retain control of LongPen’s IP.
On September 24, 2006, when the first transatlantic signing took place from Toronto, Atwood was able to realize her dream. Now, thanks to advanced robotic technology, Atwood and other authors can autograph books for fans on the other side of the world using a tablet PC and an Internet connection. A Unotchit robot, brought to life by Quanser’s innovative technology, signs the books on the other end. Margaret Atwood is now trading in multi-day, multi-city book-signing tours for the comfort of her own home.