About Haddington Dynamics
Haddington Dynamics is an advanced research and development company applying the most advanced reconfigurable supercomputing technology to focus on low-cost, ultra precision motion control for robotics. To cut costs while increasing functionality, modern manufacturing is becoming increasingly automated. This presents problems of keeping the cost of the automated equipment down while improving on its precision and flexibility. Making accurate, fast hardware is only half of the story. To get really precise, rapid feedback between vision and touch sensors is necessary. Furthermore, this feedback must be instantly applied to recomputing real-time motion control. This taxes conventional software architecture, its customization and its user interface. Haddington Dynamics is uniquely qualified to address these challenges. Our expertise in programming FPGAs gives us supercomputer performance without supercomputer costs.
Currently robotic manufacturing gravitates toward two poles: high-cost, complex specialized systems; or low-cost, low-performance systems. Haddington Dynamics was created to empower a growing user/community base with robotic solutions that simultaneously break cost and performance barriers. The company accelerates adoption and collaboration by open-sourcing its core technology.
To realize this vision, Haddington Dynamics has developed a FPGA supercomputing framework (HD HiQ™) and accompanying software designed for ultra-precision robotic motion control applications. The current technology demonstration platform—Dexter—consists of a small, 5-axis serial-linked robot arm with an onboard, cellphone-size HD HiQ™ module operating at 276GMACS. The HD HiQ™ core processes 2 million measurements per second, enabling 159 nanometer resolution, current repeatability of <50 micron with a working solution to achieve <20 micron , and real-time force feedback (HD Trutouch™). The processing speed and resolution, combined with Haddington Dynamics' proprietary Digital Compliance™ algorithm, make the robot intrinsically human-safe and capable of manual training.
Two key advantages of the HD HiQ™ technology over existing solutions are reconfigurability and ease of use. Existing robotic motion control schemes are custom-created for a particular application and require specialists to implement. The HD HiQ™ system is able to reprogram itself on the fly in response to changing conditions and any task operator can implement system setup and training—advanced programming options are available through a high-level API and allow any skilled Software Engineer to create a manufacturing or assembly system.
The Dexter platform is suitable for applications including Direct Digital Manufacturing with heterogeneous materials, 3D Printing, PCBA, subtractive manufacturing, material handling, and metrology. Addition of vision sensors allows for 3D Scanning, human interactivity, and automated inspection and QC. The platform has built-in machine to machine communication, making it ideal for collaborative tasks. The overall design is to forever change how humans use and interact with robots.
The Haddington Dynamics founding leadership team is made up of prominent, highly respected professionals with multifaceted expertise and influence.
The Dexter platform was developed by founder Kent Gilson, a renowned inventor, serial entrepreneur and global pioneer in FPGA-based reconfigurable computing. Founder, president and CEO Richard Fu is a prominent leader in global investment banking and financial services, with a strong track record of establishing successful global business organizations, product and service offerings. Founder and COO Todd Enerson is a multifaceted business development and operations leader with a strong, sound scientific background, who has achieved success in high-level professional recruitment, sales, marketing and strategic partnerships.
With this experienced, successful leadership team in place, Haddington Dynamics is poised to continually expand the leading edge of robotics, and help realize the long-awaited vision of universal global adoption.
Meet The Team
Haddington Dynamics is led by a team of seasoned professionals all motivated by the same vision: changing the world through robotics.
RICHARD Y. FU
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Richard Fu brings more than two decades of successful investment and financial services leadership to his role as Haddington Dynamics’ chief executive. During his career, Richard has taken on progressively greater levels of influence and responsibility. At TD Bank Financial Group in Canada, he directed the company's development of brokerage and management business in the Asia Pacific region. His successes in led to his transfer to the company TD Waterhouse U.S. headquarter, where he oversaw the firm's entire portfolio of Asia Pacific brokerage services. He also led the firm's preparation for a successful IPO through the NYSE, leading to his promotion as head of worldwide sales and services. After successfully leading the development of E*Trade Financial's Asia Pacific division, Richard expanded his skill and influence as senior corporate director at Harrah's (now Caesars Entertainment Corp.), developing and implementing the company's expanding multicultural strategy, capital investments, integration and marketing. His exceptional work at Harrah's was recognized with the National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement award. Recognizing that robotics is poised to dramatically increase its global impact, in 2015 Richard now brings his expertise and credibility to Haddington Dynamics.
KENT L. GILSON
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER AND INVENTOR
Kent Gilson is a prolific inventor, serial entrepreneur and pioneer in reconfigurable computing (RC). After programming his first computer game at age 12, Kent has launched eight entrepreneurial ventures, won multiple awards for his innovations, and created products and applications used in numerous industries across the globe. His reconfigurable recording studio, Digital Wings, won Best of Show at the National Association of Music Merchants and received the Xilinx Best Consumer Reconfigurable Computing Product Award. Kent is also the creator of Viva, an object-oriented programming language and operating environment that for the first time harnessed the power of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) into general-purpose supercomputing. With Haddington Dynamics and Dexter, Kent brings his globally unique expertise in reconfigurable computing to his passion of robotics, with a commitment to make robots more powerful and empowering than ever for their human users.
Todd B. Enerson
president & Chief Operation Officer
Todd Enerson comes to Haddington Dynamics with more than two decades of high-level experience in sales, business development and science. After earning his BS in biochem from Wisconsin=Madison, Todd began his career as research chemist at the Desert Research Institute Dating Laboratory under Dr. Herbert Haas. As a PhD candidate in environmental chemistry, he was the lead author of a peer-reviewed scientific paper, and presented his work at the 16th International Radiocarbon Conference. Driven by a desire to use his knowledge and personality in sales, Todd became director of marketing and sales at America Toxicology Institute. Later he launched a scientific recruitment firm, bringing top talent to the leadership of organizations across the U.S., from high-growth startups to established multi-billion-dollar banks. Todd's rigorous science background and his success in sales, business development and recruitment align perfectly in helping Haddington expand the frontiers of reconfigurable computing and robotics.
Christopher Fry "FRY'
Chief Language ARCHITECT & Dexter Development Environment creator
Fry wrote his first language at the MIT Experimental Music Studio in the late '70s. He's been working in and around MIT ever since on programming languages and tools at companies such as: BBN, Symbolics, and IBM. He started Macintosh Common Lisp at Coral Software, for which, Apple bought the company. He was founder and Chief Scientist at Clear Methods, developing one language to encompass the functionality of web programming.
Fry has also worked at MIT Sloan School's Center for Coordination Science on tools for collaboration and the MIT Media Lab on Common Sense Reasoning and Justify, a forum for structured deliberation. Fry was a founding member of the MIT Nanotechnology Study Group in 1985.
Chief Technology Officer
an entrepreneur, Founder of LoadIQ intelligence for energy efficiency, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Carniege Mellon University.
LEAD MECHANICAL ENGINEER
Graduate student working at UMass Lowell’s Printed Electronics Research Collaborative