Monday, December 3, 2007
Neiman Marcus holiday window display features UTA robots
Robots named "Mom," "Dad," and "Junior" will be picking ornaments from the tree with their cold, metal arms.
Neiman Marcus is borrowing Mom, Dad and Junior (all robots) from UT Arlington’s robotics facility to help decorate its tree for the holidays.
Photo from UTA
UT Arlington’s Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) provided technology and tooling for the 2007 Neiman Marcus holiday window display at the downtown Dallas location, 1618 Main St. TMAC Automation Specialists Dr. Raul Fernandez, Dr. Heather Beardsley, Richard Bergs and UTA Industrial Engineering student Juan Paramo spent several days and nights days fine-tuning the precision project.
The holiday window display launched on Nov. 16 with comments from Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and an appearance of Santa via jet pack. The project includes a 15-foot tall tree of aluminum rings with a rotating base. Two rotating feeder trees provide varying sizes of round ornaments.
The ornaments are picked and placed by a “family” of robotic arms: Mom, Dad and Junior robots. They also communicate via cue cards, including one from Junior in which he daydreams about being a graduate of UT Arlington. The display will run at the Dallas flagship store until the Jan. 1.
Within UTA, TMAC is a department of the College of Engineering’s Automation & Robotics Research Institute. Call Deborreh Wallace at (817) 272-5922 for more information.
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