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Obama launches Chicago Digital Lab: Turning ideas ‘into real world products’

President Barack Obamstands next robotic arm as he speaks about manufacturing innovatiinstitutes Tuesday Feb. 25 2014 East Room White House

President Barack Obama, stands next to a robotic arm, as he speaks about manufacturing innovation institutes, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Obama announced new Pentagon and private-sector partnerships aimed at beefing up advanced manufacturing technology in the US to be based initially in Chicago and Detroit. The partnerships are funded with $140 million from the Pentagon and matched by area university and business consortiums. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ORG XMIT: DCPM103 ORG XMIT: CST1402251653267332

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Updated: February 25, 2014 6:29PM



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