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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:02 PM
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Grand Rapids - The FBI is investigating a Grand Rapids company
has this been posted here yet?

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/grmetro_article.aspx?storyid...

Grand Rapids - The FBI is investigating a Grand Rapids company tonight.

At about 8am this morning agents raided the Cybernet Group on Division.

They told dozens of employees to leave, while they went through the building and confiscated computers.

Agents won't say what they're looking for, but they did tell us that they were executing two search warrants.

Cybernet has more than a dozen offices worldwide.

The Grand Rapids location is the company's main headquarters here in the U.S.
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Surikat Donating Member (107 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:08 PM
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1. Whew! That lot does more or less cutting edge...
...defense contracts. I wonder what's up?

http://www.cybernet.com /



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Oreo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:08 PM
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2. Cybernet Info - Robots
Edited on Wed Nov-17-04 10:10 PM by Oreo
http://www.cybernet.com/info/about.html

Could be interesting

THE COMPANY
Cybernet Systems Corporation was founded in 1988 as a research and development company committed to creating robotics technology solutions and advancements to human-machine interaction. Cybernet is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan within a 30,000 square foot facility (directly across from the Ann Arbor Airport). The technical staff is led by a dedicated group of Ph.D. and Masters' degreed Engineers, complemented by Engineers, Scientists, and Business staff skilled in Analog & Digital Electronics, RF, Sensors, Robotics, Human-Computer Interaction, Mechanical Design, Electrical Design, Software Development, Network Design & Security, Training & Simulation, Security Systems, Web Methods, Linux, Unix and Windows Software Development, and E-Commerce. Cybernets diverse areas of expertise directly result from its over 14 years of leading edge development in interdisciplinary Robotics and Information Technology for federal, state and commercial customers. Since its inception, Cybernet has completed hundreds of research contracts and is the largest Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) winner in the State of Michigan. Cybernet has been granted many United States patents. Cybernet is a woman-owned small business.

THE VISION
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.


The mission of Cybernet Defense is to develop and advance technology to better protect our troops, our country and assist in the advancement of Freedom throughout the world

Cybernet Defense is the Research and Development powerhouse that drives all of Cybernet's products and programs. Cybernet Defense focuses on pushing the limits of technology, thereby keeping our nation technologically strong. Cybernet Defense includes all of our Cybernet Robotics products, and programs that have been completed and are now available for sale, such as our Parachute AOD and Portable Computing Solutions.
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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:09 PM
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3. i see dead internets
we better hone up on telepathy skills
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ShaneGR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:10 PM
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4. SKYNET!!!
We're trying to stop the inevitable takeover by the terminators!!!
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:12 PM
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6. LOL! I thought of Skynet too!
We need Linda Hamilton!
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7th_Sephiroth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:11 PM
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5. they need to investigate the Kohls store there
i worked in it as a technician and i saw one of thier "loss pervention" tactics, ladders that look into the women's dressing rooms
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Oreo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:12 PM
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7. OpenSkies.... looks cool
http://www.openskies.net /

Cybernet Systems has developed a patent pending, distributed network server technology for the real-time data transfer of dynamic game network content. What does this mean to you?

Imagine a simulation or game environment where there is virtually no limit to where you can play or how many players with whom you play.

Imagine network performance good enough for the most demanding first person shooter game.

Imagine cutting your multi-player network set-up and operating costs in half.

The OpenSkies model and implementation components can do this and more.
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:27 PM
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8. Vote hacking, perhaps?
NGU.


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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 10:50 PM
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9. wire mail fraud and bank fraud
Edited on Wed Nov-17-04 11:08 PM by Must_B_Free
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2578803&nav=0R...

"Sources tell 24 Hour News 8 the investigation involves wire mail fraud and bank fraud. The allegations are something the company's owner and CEO Barton Watson is familiar with, as he was convicted of fraud in the 1980s. He served three years in a federal prison and was released in 1989."


Barton Watson III
Chairman, CyberNET Group and Chairman, Stryon

Mr. Barton Watson has been the Chairman and CEO of the CyberNET Group since its inception. He is recognized as an industry leader and much sought after speaker. His vision and clear goals have set the tone and pace for CyberNET Group success. Mr. Watson brings a unique combination of expertise based on his experience as an investment banker, technologist, entrepreneur, investor, and large company CEO. Mr. Watson holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA from the London School of Economics. He has also served on several industry advisory boards. Prior to forming the CyberNET Group, he was responsible for executing large-scale leverage lease transactions for a major bracket Wall Street firm and had founded several successful companies.


HI My Name is Barton Watson and I split my time between Grand Rapids, MI and Vail, CO. After a 10 year career as an investment banker with a global firm, I left to form my own companies. I am the Chairman and CEO of The CyberNET Group which we use to create technology companies world wide. As a result of this geographic diversity, my travel plans tend to cover 6 continents and keep me on the road 3 weeks per month. I am 43 years old, married and breed horses as a hobby. I tend to spend most of my time on the AA, NH, UA, SQ, CX and BA boards since these are my primary airlines.
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