Automated Manufacturing for 3-D Printers
Drawing on artificial-intelligence capabilities, PARC researchers are developing software meant to help make manufacturing accessible to people without manufacturing expertise.
31 October 2013 | MIT Technology Review
by Mike Orcutt
"In theory, 3-D printing gives consumers the ability to conceive of and make various products. But designing many objects requires specialized knowledge of geometry, materials, and manufacturing processes. Researchers at PARC are now building software tools meant to automate that kind of judgment. The goal, says PARC CEO Stephen Hoover, is to build programs that enable non-experts to “kind of think their way through a design space” before sending any instructions to the printer.
Participants in a growing online community of enthusiasts have already uploaded hundreds of thousands of designs for 3-D-printed objects. The problem is that in conventional production settings, manufacturing engineers who are well versed in the design constraints imposed by specific materials and manufacturing methods “eliminate a whole set of choices at the beginning because they know what can cause problems down the road,” says Hoover (see “The Difference Between Makers and Manufacturers”). That doesn’t necessarily happen in the world of 3-D printing."
What Are your Ideas Trying to Tell You?
30 October 2013 | Forbes.com
by Jeremy Clark
"The Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling has been credited with saying: “If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas.” Companies of all sizes have embraced that advice, investing considerable time and energy into innovation projects, amassing vast storehouses of ideas along the way. If we take Pauling’s definition of ‘good’ to mean ‘breakthrough’—having the potential to create dramatically higher level of value than current solutions—then these vast databases seem to be a positive sign.
It’s a shame, then, that the second part of Pauling’s advice tends to be overlooked: “Most of (your ideas) will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away.” It’s certainly true that most ideas written on a Post-It note or submitted to an online system never get used, but the reason has more to do with a bias toward short-term payback in most innovation processes than informed filtration.
Most innovation campaigns involve a discovery phase (developing insights about the challenge) followed by an ideation phase (brainstorming solutions). For most companies, built for efficient replication, this “divergent” activity is uncomfortable. When the brainstorming is complete, there tends to be a relieved resurgence of reflexive execution-bias, a comforting sense of making choices and assigning development actions. This “convergent” activity is often known as the selection phase."
How tech redefines us
28 October 2013 | San Jose Mercury News
by Katy Murphy
"Today, in the first of eight installments, we are exploring a difficult-to-describe, everybody’s-experiencing, everywhere-we-look story: how technology is transforming everything about the way we interact with each other and the world around us.
It seems so obvious by now that technology has redefined us — especially here, in Silicon Valley’s sphere of influence.
We no longer marvel that there’s a library of knowledge in every pocket, or that we can do just about anything from anywhere at anytime, from deposit checks to topple dictators. We grimace at our ... shorter ... attention ... spans ... and grapple with the lost art of conversation: #hashtagfree.
But since we’re all characters in the middle of this story, we’re only beginning to understand the scope of the changes that historians will see when they look back on this time and this place, on whatever wonderful wearable device they are using.
“What they will see,’’ said Stephen Hoover, CEO of PARC, Xerox’s legendary research center in Palo Alto, and who is featured in today’s first installment on time, “is that our very existence became dependent upon easy and constant access to computing and networking in both our work and personal lives."
A major challenge for marketing the internet of things? Explaining why it has value
Experts at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference estimated the internet of things will gain mainstream acceptance in about five years.
16 October 2013 | GigaOM
by Signe Brewster
Smoke detectors are nearly omnipresent in American homes, where they are only noticed during emergency situations or the more common false alarm. It’s a simple relationship that works well enough for most people. So why do we need a product like Nest’s new Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector?
Answering that question will be a necessary challenge for the Internet of Things industry as it enters the consumer space, a panel of experts said Wednesday at the GigaOM Mobilize conference. While it’s easier to describe in the business sector how connected devices can save companies money, convincing a consumer to pay more for a connected version of something they use every day won’t come as simply.
Soaring Growth Projected for Printed Electronics Market
9 October 2013 | Thomasnet News
by Faye Rivkin
"The total market for printed, organic, and flexible electronics is projected to grow from more than $16 billion this year to $76.8 billion in the next 10 years, according to a new report from IDTechEx. Printed electronics will allow manufacturers to replace some components with cheaper, higher performing alternatives or even completely replace a conventionally-manufactured device.
Printed and flexible sensors are already a $6.3 billion business. The largest market is biosensors, used in disposable glucose test strips which are helping diabetics monitor their health.
Developers of printed electronics had to overcome significant technological hurdles."
The Ars Frontrunners: 15 companies that led and still lead tech innovation
From Google (15 years old) to Corning (162): Companies that change our world.
7 October 2013 | Ars Technica
by Sean Gallagher
"As quickly as you may associate Xerox PARC with photocopiers (and whatever jokes immediately pop into your head), that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the company’s contributions to tech innovation. At this very moment, I am navigating my laptop because of a GUI, while connected to the Internet via Ethernet, in order to create content on Ars Technica. And, whether my editors cringe or not, I often do so using the WSYWYG editing capabilities of our CMS. My current workflow is impossible without the contributions of Xerox PARC. And the work of many major companies—VMware, Fujitsu, and Samsung to name three—would also suffer without Xerox PARC’s work and partnership.
Many of the Ars Frontrunners are relatively modern companies, but Xerox PARC is slowly creeping towards age 50. It started as a west coast affiliate of Xerox’s Rochester, NY base in the late 1960s, but over time this office (PARC, being Palo Alto Research Center) began defining the company. In addition to the highlights above, entities like LCD technology and IPv6 were also created or majorly advanced by work at Xerox PARC."
The future of consumer 3D printing: What’s real, what’s coming, and what’s hype
3D printers have been all over the news for their potential to change our lives.
2 October 2013 | Gigaom
by Signe Brewster
"Oskar van Deventer used to dream up Rubik’s Cube-like puzzles so complex that they were physically impossible to make. The ones that were possible, he painstakingly crafted out of wood or plastic or spent weeks waiting for a manufacturing facility to get back to him with a prototype.
Then he came across 3D printing and discovered he could print any design himself; even the previously impossible ones. Today, his 3D printed puzzles can sell for hundreds of dollars on sites like Shapeways.
It’s an often-told story regarding the future of consumer 3D printing. Just dream up something — anything — and then you’ll be able to print it. That reality hasn’t materialized yet, but the technology is developing fast. People are printing home goods, experimenting with printing food and developing next-generation printers that will embed advanced materials like electronics within printed objects.
“People are using it today,” said Stratasys CIO Scott Crump at the recent Inside 3D Printing conference in San Jose. “Hobbyists are using it, makers are using it. The use in the home is probably going to start more. …”
So 3D printers will undoubtedly play a larger role in our future, but to what extent?"
Making the Internet Safe for Gadgets
2 October 2013 | Communications of the ACM
by Tom Geller
"People have predicted the Internet's death by traffic since its origin. Small protocol changes have prevented congestive collapse throughout the years, even as the Internet's fundamental host-to-host structure has remained unchallenged. But that may need to change soon, as an increasing number of sensors, phones, and other mobile devices connecting to the Internet threaten the network's security and reliability."
"One family of emerging solutions focuses on the purpose and content of data, rather than on where it lives. The approach is known as information-centric networking (ICN), a topic in which "there are easily two or three dozen projects going on," according to Glenn Edens, research director in the Computer Science Laboratory at PARC. His group has developed a protocol specification of ICN named Content-Centric Networking (CCN), and with it an open-source reference implementation, CCNx. "That codebase is used by a couple of hundred institutions," said Edens. "It's been ported to around three dozen architectures that we know of. Today, it is running on everything from Raspberry Pis and BeagleBoards and tiny home routers, all the way up to really large cloud switches."
Does 3D Printing Work with Wiring?
Additive manufacturing can be used to produce connectors and terminals
1 October 2013 | Assembly Magazine
by Austin Weber
According to many experts, 3D printing promises to revolutionize the way numerous products are designed and mass-produced. Among other things, the technology can be used to create connectors, terminals and other wiring harness components. And, some day not too far down the road, 3D-printed parts may even eliminate the need for traditional wire and cable assemblies.
Additive manufacturing “prints” an object from a digital file by depositing one layer of material on top of another. It allows companies to more easily manufacture complex shapes and structures that have been traditionally been difficult to make with plastic-injection molding and other old-school processes.
While 3D printing holds tremendous promise, it’s not about to be used in mass-production any time soon. That’s because electrical wiring systems are different than other types of products where the technology is being used, such as creating custom jigs and fixtures.
How to build for a world where you’re connected to hundreds of devices
We asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industry. In this essay PARC’s Mike Kuniavsky tackles the topic of programming.
1 October 2013 | Gigaom
by Mike Kuniavsky
"Over the next decade or two, everything that can have connected digital technology injected into it, will. Today’s smart watches and smart shirts, such as adidas’ miCoach Elite, will become ubiquitous as will adaptive technology such as connected cutlery like Lift Labs’ spoon for measuring and correcting Parkinson’s tremors. The trajectory is clear each person will have hundreds of connected devices in their life.
That’s the good news. But we can also see enough of this future to see that managing a multi-device, software, and behavior world will require rethinking how we design, perhaps from scratch."
ARPA-E Awards $130 Million for 66 Transformational Energy Technology Projects
33 Technologies Will Help Secure America’s Energy Future in Advanced Manufacturing & Natural Gas
19 September 2013 | announcement
"Deputy Director Cheryl Martin today announced that 33 breakthrough energy projects will receive approximately $66 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under two new programs that provide options for a more sustainable and secure American future."
Modern Electro/Thermochemical Advancements for Light-metal Systems (METALS) - $32 Million
METALS will develop innovative technologies for cost-effective processing, as well as recycling, of Aluminum, Magnesium, and Titanium, which are ideal for creating lighter vehicles that can save fuel and reduce carbon emissions. For example, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) located in Palo Alto, California will develop a new electrochemical diagnostic probe that can identify the composition of light metal scrap for efficient sorting, which could reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions, and costs by enabling recycling of typically discarded light metal scrap.
Meet the 9 startups from B2B incubator 9Mile Labs
10 September 2013 | GeekWire
by John Cook
PARC helps one of the startups featured at 9Mile Labs:
"Comr.se: Comr.se increases eCommerce revenue by powering native transactions anywhere brands connect with their consumers.
Notes: This startup is pronounced 'commerce' — and the company is led by CEO Kyle Schei. It brings transaction-based images that companies can post directly into Facebook 'without ever leaving the social stream.' Basically, it is a shopping cart technology, which may sound like a a 90s-era innovation. But it looks cool. The service syncs with existing e-commerce infrastructure, and they 'capture transactions in new environments.' By doing so, Schei said they are expanding e-commerce around the Web, noting that they offer a 'tangible big data offering.' The company is working with Palo Alto Research Center to show how products sell throughout the Web, also helping match products with specific customers. He said the partnership with PARC is shaving a year off of development."
Are We There Yet? Delivering a Contextually Aware Networked Vehicle
6 September 2013 | Techonomy
by Jatinder Singh
"Businesses and consumers are embracing a mobile experience for entertainment and information nearly everywhere, from devices and applications to the connected home to social networks. Yet there is a last bastion of holdouts in our increasingly “always on” mobile lifestyle—our cars.
Though roadblocks exist, the car’s time has come. Both the mobile and automotive industries have finally reached a critical, defining moment to create and deliver an unprecedented mobile platform: the networked vehicle."
Sensors Could Make Electric-Car Batteries Smaller and Cheaper
ARPA-E says better sensors and controls could allow automakers to cut battery size by 20 to 50 percent.
30 August 2013 | MIT Technology Review
by Kevin Bullis
"Electric-vehicle battery packs could shrink 20 to 30 percent, and make electric vehicles more affordable, if new sensors were developed to monitor the cells in a pack, according to the U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). The agency says such sensors could have an even greater effect on hybrid gas-electric vehicle batteries, causing them to shrink by half.
Better sensors could tell what’s happening inside each of the hundreds of cells that make up an electric vehicle’s battery pack, allowing automakers to safely store more energy in them. A $30 million ARPA-E program that’s been underway for about a year is seeking to develop the necessary technology."
PARC’s Printed Electronics Take Off at NASA
Digital Manufacturing Report
29 August 2013
by Chelsea Lang
"When envisioning the spacecraft of the future, you may conjure up images of the Enterprise, or Serenity. But one of NASA’s latest projects being carried out in partnership with the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) suggests that the future may take a rather unexpected shape: small paper-thin printed electronics that will float across the surface of foreign planets. Once complete, the craft, which will consist largely of heat and light sensors, will be ideal for testing the environment on the surface of Mars."
NASA wants to print a spacecraft, but first it’s printing the electronics
Researchers at PARC, home of the laser printer, are working on printing sensors that could flutter about on the surface of Mars to collect environmental data.
20 August 2013 | GigaOM
by Signe Brewster
"PARC — home of the laser printer, ethernet, the graphical user interface and the Alto computer — is best known for its role in Silicon Valley’s past. But in late July, a window in the belly of the center’s Palo Alto campus provided a look at the future: printable electronics that could someday go into space.
The window led to PARC’s clean room, where bodysuit-protected researchers milled about while a printer the size of an office copy machine whirred. For three or four months now, a PARC team has been working with NASA on printing heat and light sensors that would be ideal for environmental sensing on the surface of Mars. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory lead researcher Kendra Short said that eventually they’ll be able to print other types of electronics that take in solar energy, communicate wirelessly and more."
PARC and The Cleantech Open Partner To Accelerate Sustainable Technologies in the United States
Promising cleantech entrepreneurs now have access to PARC’s proven approaches for bringing innovative technologies to market.
20 August 2013
"The Cleantech Open, the world’s largest cleantech accelerator, is partnering with PARC, a Xerox company, to promote the formation and development of cleantech startups. PARC is now a National Sponsor of the Cleantech Open, and plans to work closely with the Cleantech Open to create industry events, mentor entrepreneurs and startups, and provide technology expertise and prototyping support to selective startups."
Robert Scoble Visits PARC -- Innovation Exhibit Tour and Interview with Mike Kuniavsky
29 July 2013 | Scobleizer
by Robert Scoble
"...PARC , a Xerox company, is the place where much of the technology we use in everyday life was invented. Ethernet. Laser printers. Object oriented programming. Modern GUIs. And more was invented here.
...here I capture Mike Kuniavsky on Glass showing me around a room in PARC that has a bunch of examples of PARC's innovations over the years. Walking through here you can see a TON of computer history."
Robert Scoble Visits PARC -- Inkjet Printed Circuits
29 July 2013 | Scobleizer
by Robert Scoble
"Today's trip to PARC, a Xerox company was awesome...but here's the coolest thing I saw. They are printing electronic circuits in what amounts to a big inkjet printer.
...What did I take away from the visit...? Easy: Innovation hasn't stopped yet.
...Read more about the printed circuits they are designing (as you can see, they are flexible and low cost to make -- first uses will be little electronic ID tags that can be printed on shipping labels. Imagine wine shipments that will arrive and will say 'this shipment never got too hot or cold on its trip here')."
New Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium Releases First Request for Proposals on Human Performance Monitoring and Biomarkers
17 July 2013 | Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium
PARC is a member of the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC)
"The NBMC has released its first Request for Proposals (RFP) focused on developing a technology platform for Human Performance Monitors for military and civilian personnel in high stress situations such as pilots, special operations personnel, firefighters, and trauma care providers. Organized by FlexTech Alliance under a grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) the RFP comes only 3 month since the group officially formed its technical and leadership teams. The consortium members, working with AFRL, issued this RFP to focus on component development and integration for a lightweight, low-cost, conformal and wearable patch."
Does 3D printing have a future?
12 July 2013 | Assembly Magazine
by Austin Weber
"Although continuous improvement is still needed with novel materials and innovative process technologies, Wong predicts the future looks bright for printed electronics (PE). 'There’s a future convergence coming in which integrated 3D and PE printers will create smart objects, such as bandages that offer medical diagnostics,' he explains.
Wong believes that printed electromechanical items are not that far off. 'Mechanical and electronics manufacturing will all occur under one roof some day,' he says. 'That will result in hybrid products that disrupt traditional supply chains.'”
PARC Tackles Parking
9 July 2013 | Bacon's Rebellion
by James A. Bacon
"James Glasnapp, a senior researcher with PARC, discovered that there can be a wide gap between theory and reality. As an ethnographer — a researcher who studies the behavior of people in natural settings — he and his team members conducted close-up studies of parking in California communities that allowed the PARC parking team to fine-tune its product both before and after commercializing it last year in downtown Los Angeles."
Flexible and Printed Electronics: Approaching the Tipping Point
2014 Flexible and Printed Electronics Conference & Exhibition Announces Dates, Location, Call for Papers, and Conference Chairs
8 July 2013 | FlexTech Alliance
"Three industry leaders have committed to chair the conference and share their experience in this emerging field of electronics: Ross Bringans, vice president at PARC, A Xerox Company (Palo Alto Research Center), Michael Idacavage, vice president of business development at Esstech, Inc., and Robert Miller, senior business manager at EMD Chemicals.
'The Flex Conference has built a well-deserved reputation for excellent technical content and as a very effective place to meet partners, discover new approaches, and to be inspired in our research and development of new offerings,' states Bringans."
At Stanford, 3-D printing breaks new ground
Researchers use advancing technology to re-imagine how things are made
5 July 2013 | Palo Alto Weekly
by Elena Kadvany
"Janos Veres, who manages PARC's printed electronics team, is excited about adding intelligence and functionality to products.
'When you think about it like that, the potential of this is way beyond being able to make just a smart label. ... You look back at the early days of computing, (when) people weren't exactly sure what computers could do for you. Is it really going to go in your mobile phone? Is it really going to go into your eyeware? And now it has.'"
Radio Interview -- From Dr. Google, to Dr. Facebook, and Beyond...
17 June 2013 | ABC Radio (Australia)
by Dr. Norman Swan
"Do you ever go online to search for symptoms you’re experiencing? It’s a trend known colloquially as Dr Google.
For Ashwin Ram, Dr. Google is just a step on the path to future healthcare. Ashwin is the Chief Innovation Officer for Augmented Social Cognition at PARC, in Silicon Valley."
The Next Manufacturing Revolution Is Not 3D. It’s Software
12 June 2013 | Techonomy
by Leon Wong
PARC's Leon Wong writes, "The buzz about 3D printing, or 'additive manufacturing,' is so loud it’s easy to mistake it for a technology that will solve all of manufacturing’s challenges. Prices for 3D printers are dropping furiously...There’s even talk about printing out electronics integrated into the mechanical structures. But for many factories of the future, the 3D printer will simply be an important piece of equipment that works in harmony with other elements."
The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year
How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight
5 June 2013 | Popular Science
by David Hambling
"Batteries are little black boxes of chemistry, and when they fail, it can be hard to diagnose the problem. Scientists at PARC have embedded batteries with fiber-optic sensors. With internal data, engineers could optimize performance in real time or pinpoint the source of a problem to fix the trouble in future designs."
Expanding Real-Time Data Insight at PARC
1 June 2013 | Big Data
by Dina Citraro
"Today, PARC is focusing its efforts on making sense of the many new types of datasets that are being generated as a result of real-time collection. This data is often unstructured and does not easily fit into traditional analytics solutions, and PARC uses many techniques, including graph analytics, cloud
diagnostics, and contextual intelligence to be at the forefront of big data research."
Coming to a printer near you: Electronics manufacturing
At PARC, researchers are developing a new technology for printing everything from transistors to smart labels to semiconductors
31 May 2013 | CNET
by Daniel Terdiman
"Got a large roll-to-roll printer that you're not sure what to do with? You might have a future in electronics manufacturing.
It's still very early days, but researchers at PARC have been taking significant strides in developing a new technology that makes it possible to print electronic components like sensors, transistors, light-emitters, smart tags, flexible batteries, memory, smart labels, and more."
ARPA-E Awardee PARC Aims to Change the Way We Think About Batteries
22 May 2013 | ARPA-E
ARPA-E recently sat down with Dr. Eric Shrader, the principal investigator of PARC’s battery co-extrusion project, to talk innovation, reforming the electric vehicle (EV) industry, and changing the way we think about batteries.
40 years ago, Ethernet's fathers were the startup kids
Co-inventor Bob Metcalfe remembers the sandals, the bean bags and the unsung heroes
20 May 2013 | Computerworld
by Stephen Lawson
For the 40th anniversary of the Ethernet, Computerworld explores its history and development.
Lessons on Innovation From Forrester's Forum for CIOs' Innovation Panel
15 May 2013 | Forrester Research
by Chip Gliedman
"I recently had the distinct pleasure of moderating a panel discussion on innovation at Forrester’s Forum For CIOs, where I was able to share the stage with Lawrence Lee, Sr. Director of Strategy, PARC, a Xerox company, and Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell Services. We had the opportunity to discuss the business imperatives for innovation, how to look at inventions and translate them into business value, and how to build the narrative that tells a compelling story around these innovations."
Researchers at PARC give us a glimpse of the future
25 April 2013 | San Jose Mercury News
by Patrick May
"It was a high-tech speed-dating session, Silicon Valley-style:
I would sit in the storied memorabilia-laden Room 2306 in the bowels of PARC, the former Xerox research and development center in Palo Alto that gave us the 'ball' mouse, the Ethernet, and the graphical user-interface that inspired the Apple Macintosh. And seven of PARC's resident geniuses would drop by and in 15-minute bursts blow my mind with the technical wizardry each was working on to someday transform our lives."
Printing Batteries: Total Extrusion Zone
Tomorrow’s batteries will be squeezed out of nozzles, like toothpaste
20 April 2013 | The Economist
"PARC researchers are once again experimenting with printing. This time they are hoping to produce the technologies for a 21st-century revolution in clean energy. PARC’s Hardware Systems Laboratory is developing electric-vehicle lithium-ion batteries that can hold 20% more energy than traditional designs...
The PARC researchers’ solution, which would surely have impressed their free-thinking forebears, was inspired by striped toothpaste. In PARC’s new battery, the two materials are mixed with an organic material to form pastes and fed into a print head containing tiny channels and nozzles. The print head moves over a metal foil, extruding the pastes alongside one another, to create thin stripes. Drying the substrate removes most of the organic material, leaving a solid cathode. In tests against otherwise identical batteries sporting cathodes made of but one substance, the co-extruded rechargeables could store a fifth more energy."
Kickstarter Tech Project of the Week: Skydog
Want a way-cool tech product before it officially hits the market? This week's pick for our favorite Kickstarter project gives you unparalleled control over your home network.
19 April 2013 | PCMag.com
by Meredith Popolo
"If a dog is man's best friend, Skydog is your home network's most trusted companion. Brought to you by PowerCloud Systems, a company founded and incubated at elite R&D company PARC, Skydog will 'keep watch over your network, alert you to problems, sniff out their causes, and protect your family, even when you're not at home,' says founder Jeff Abramowitz in Skydog's Kickstarter video."
Q&A: Meet Ellen Isaacs, Corporate Ethnographer at PARC
12 April 2013 | Healthbiz Decoded
by Katie Manderfield
"As a principal scientist at PARC, Isaacs often employs corporate ethnography in order to reach new insights and to better grasp the needs of Xerox’s clients. HealthBiz Decoded spoke with Isaacs about corporate ethnography and her multi-faceted career at PARC."
Will This Tiny Technology Mean the End of China's Manufacturing Dominance?
11 April 2013 | The Motley Fool
by Alex Planes
"In the 2010s, PARC might again transform the world through technology. This time, the big step forward is "chiplets," a minuscule form of printed electronic circuitry...and these chiplets can be assembled to perform any of the diverse jobs undertaken in today's dizzying array of electronics by an increasingly specialized array of components."
Bitcoin: Digital coin of the realm in Internet age
10 April 2013 | Marketplace - NPR
by Sabri Ben-Achour
Simon Barber of PARC discusses Bitcoins with NPR's Marketplace.
PowerCloud’s Skydog app lets you manage your family’s Internet use from your phone
9 April 2013 | VentureBeat
by Dean Takahashi
"Palo Alto, Calif.-based PowerCloud Systems is a startup that spun out of PARC, the research think tank that invented the personal computer. The purpose of its Skydog is to manage family internet use and give you visibility into your home network, said Jeff Abramowitz, founder and chief executive of PowerCloud Systems, in an interview with VentureBeat."
PARC spin-out launches Kickstarter campaign to disrupt home networking market
9 April 2013 | PC World
by Michael Brown
"PowerCloud Systems, a company spun out of the famed PARC—birthplace of the ethernet, laser printing, and the graphical user interface—aims to upend the consumer networking market with a new cloud-managed Wi-Fi router. The company launched a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday to bring its new Skydog Home Network Package (funding through May 14) to market."
These Tiny Chiplets Could Coat Nearly Anything in Digital Intelligence
9 April 2013 | Gizmodo
by Jamie Condliffe
"Imagine if silicon chips were smaller than a grain of sand and could be made using a laser printer: everything under the sun could be made unobtrusively smart. But that's not science fiction, and you don't have to imagine too hard—because researchers at PARC have already done it."
Next Trick for Laser Printers: Manufacturing Electronics
9 April 2013 | Techonomy
by Adrienne Burke
"New York Times reporter John Markoff describes in today’s Science Times how a new technique developed at PARC will print computing power onto a flexible surface.
Demonstrating what PARC CEO Stephen Hoover wrote for Techonomy last year—that 'a lot of the opportunities we’re going to find in the ‘Internet of things’ are going to be about how to embed intelligence at very low cost in a distributed way into the world'—one potential of the technology Markoff describes is to take 3D-printing to the next level, by manufacturing not just a structure, but also its electronic functionality."
Podcast -- The New York Times' John Markoff discusses PARC chiplets
8 April 2013 | The New York Times
by John Markoff
Listen to The New York Times podcast accompanying John Markoff's story on PARC, chiplets, and the future of making electronics.
Tiny Chiplets: A New Level of Micro Manufacturing
8 April 2013 | The New York Times
by John Markoff
"The technology, on display at PARC, is part of a new system for making electronics, one that takes advantage of a Xerox invention from the 1970s: the laser printer.
If perfected, it could lead to desktop manufacturing plants that 'print' the circuitry for a wide array of electronic devices — flexible smartphones that won’t break when you sit on them; a supple, pressure-sensitive skin for a new breed of robot hands; smart-sensing medical bandages that could capture health data and then be thrown away...
The new manufacturing system the PARC researchers envision could be used to build custom computers one at a time, or as part of a 3-D printing system that makes smart objects with computing woven right into them...if the PARC researchers are successful, they will have thrown out 50 years of Silicon Valley conventional wisdom."
Society's Next Big Challenge: Infinite Data
5 April 2013 | VentureBeat
by Christian Fritz
PARC's Christian Fritz contributed this article on infinite data.
"The common opportunistic nature of 'big data' implies that the question is more flexible than the data that can be used, which is fixed. If you reverse this — fix the question and accept flexibility in the data — then it now defines 'infinite data.'"
Podcast -- What the Internet of Things Can Learn From Minecraft and Lemmings
4 April 2013 | GigaOM
by Stacy Higginbotham
"Once we have a home full of connected devices do we really want to individually manage all of them? Mike Kuniavsky, a principal in the Innovation Services Group at PARC, explains in this week's podcast how we’re going to have to think differently about programming devices for the Internet of Things. Devices will need to know what they contain and how those elements might contribute to a certain scenario in the home."
Ex-NASA Tech Boss Crams Cloud Into Box
2 April 2013 | Wired
by Cade Metz
"According to Surendra Reddy — a chief technology officer at PARC who once ran the cloud services inside Yahoo — this sort of appliance can significantly reduce the number of people needed to setup and maintain such a service...
...the device connects to ordinary servers from the likes of Dell, HP, and IBM. 'With Nebula,' says PARC’s Roger Hoover, 'most of your infrastructure is still commodity hardware.' It’s a little different from the massive — and massively expensive — server appliances currently offered by the likes of Oracle and Cisco."
Nebula launches its OpenStack “system”
2 April 2013 | GigaOM
by Barb Darrow
"PARC has beta tested the Nebula One system for months (running with ZT servers). The research facility is predisposed to OpenStack because it prefers open source technologies and it went with Nebula because it wanted to minimize time and energy spent on set up.
'We don’t want to do too much of the plumbing [work.] All that racking and stacking takes a lot of time. We want to push one button and deploy on demand,' said Surendra Reddy, CTO for cloud and big data futures at PARC."
Nebula Builds a Cloud Computer for the Masses
2 April 2013 | Bloomberg Businessweek
by Ashlee Vance
"PARC has three Nebula Ones, which it uses for research projects such as an effort to improve parking in big cities. Researchers at PARC have been analyzing huge amounts of data to create models that show when workers, delivery vehicles, and shoppers tend to use certain parking spots. The idea is to create parking spots with modifiable, electronic signs that can turn, say, loading zones into regular parking spots over the course of a day."
Wearable electronics move on from iPhone, to iWatch and beyond
18 March 2013 | San Jose Mercury News
by Patrick May
"Many of these gadgets will simply piggyback on the muscular computing prowess available in the cloud, said Mike Roberts, an engineer with PARC...Computers take the mountain of input from your device, crunch it, and immediately suggest ways for you to, say, improve your athletic performance....
Roberts talked about one very human application of wearable technology, a beta version of a head-mounted computer that PARC worked on with Motorola Solutions. It connects a user in the field, say a sailor trying to fix a broken generator on a naval ship, with an expert thousands of miles away...
'You got the iPhone,' said PARC's Mike Kuniavsky, 'then you got the apps, and now the apps are jumping off the screen and becoming devices you can wear.'"
Xerox Digital Nurse Assistant Displays Relevant Data Upon Entering Patient Rooms
14 March 2013 | Medgadget
by Kapa Lenkov
"Delivering real-time data that matters most to clinicians when and where they need it.
Digital Nurse Assistant (DNA) is a new electronic medical record extender developed by the Xerox Healthcare Provider Solutions group in conjunction with PARC. Using IT technology, the DNA helps make hospital healthcare systems more efficient and effective by automating many tasks that nurses currently handle by hand. By delivering real-time data that matters most to clinicians when and where they need it, the DNA reduces much of the manual busywork that currently wastes as much as 30 percent of a nurse’s time every day."
Monitoring your vitals with a webcam
11 March 2013 | San Jose Mercury News
by Troy Wolverton
"PARC researchers, for example, helped pioneer the printing of electronic circuits for use in things like sensors, computer chips and solar cells. At a separate presentation at the press event, another researcher discussed how the company is developing technology to print lithium batteries. The company expects its new technique to boost the storage capacity of the batteries by 20 percent, which could extend the range of electric cars or the amount of time you can surf the Web on your smartphone."
Xerox Innovation Day at PARC
9 March 2013 | Health 2.0 News
by Kim Krueger
"Xerox and PARC have been on the cutting edge of innovation since the beginning: ethernet and laser printing are just two of their achievements. Now, they are well positioned to take advantage of their data handling services and analytics to develop and deploy a new set of value-added services. If Wednesday’s peek inside was any indication, we can expect to see the tradition of innovation continue at PARC and Xerox."
Tube of toothpaste inspires researchers to develop efficient solar panels
9 March 2013 | EcoChunk
by Anupam Jolly
"A tube of toothpaste might be the first thing that you see after getting up in the morning...This technology coupled with existing Xerox technology like printing, came as a eureka moment for the scientist at PARC. By squeezing through a print nozzle a silver paste surrounded by a sacrificial material, which would eventually burn off, researchers found that they were able to get very fine silver lines, which in electronics is nothing less than a revolution."
PARC redesigns printers to produce solar panels, batteries
9 March 2013 | PC World
by Martyn Williams
"They say inspiration can come from the most unlikely places. For a scientist at PARC, it came from a tube of toothpaste. The result is a new manufacturing method that can help make solar panels more efficient and increase the energy density of batteries."
PARC Hard at Work to Solve Problems in Health Care, Batteries, Traffic
8 March 2013 | eWeek
by Chris Preimesberger
"PARC this week reminded everyone what an innovator it is. The lab, nestled in the Palo Alto, Calif., foothills, on March 6 gave reporters a look into diverse projects that it is working on and that will reach the market in a few years, such as long-living batteries, on-demand downtown parking and digital health care-assistant devices."
Video -- Better solar panels and batteries ... inspired by toothpaste
7 March 2013 | Network World
by Martyn Williams
Scott Elrod discusses and demonstrates PARC's co-extrusion (CoEx) printing technique for both solar cells and batteries.
Video -- PARC's Past & Future
6 March 2013 | Light Reading
by Craig Matsumoto
Light Reading talks with PARC CEO Stephen Hoover and Bob Metcalfe about the early days at PARC, Ethernet, PARC today, and the future of innovation.
ARPA-E Touts Smart Energy Successes
6 March 2013 | SmartMeters
"Deputy Director Martin singled out eight projects in her keynote address that emphasized ARPA-E’s catalytic role in convening energy technology communities, building federal partnerships, and catalyzing company formation. The projects include PARC; Battelle; Ceramatec; Infinia; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Florida; CUNY Energy Institute; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Applied Materials."
Video -- The future of the Internet is avatars and connected services
5 March 2013 | GigaOM
by Stacy Higginbotham
"There is no single Internet of Things, just a series of connected services and avatars, the physical hardware that connect to those services. This is what Mike Kuniavsky, a principal in the Innovation Services Group at PARC, explained as his vision for the Internet of Things in a talk last week at the GigaOM Internet of Things meetup."
9 Clever Energy Projects from ARPA-E Summit 2013
4 March 2013 | Popular Mechanics
by Michael Belfiore
"PARC displayed a couple of potentially breakthrough technologies in development. The first: Battery sensors would rely on fiberoptics embedded in the structure of a battery to monitor temperature, vibration, strain, and chemical changes. It's a capability that currently doesn't exist and could allow engineers to do more thorough testing of preproduction batteries, potentially heading off problems like the battery fires on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. At the very least, it could allow for a kind of black box for batteries that would gather data collected by the new sensors in order pinpoint exactly what when wrong after a mishap."
Video -- What Toothpaste and Battery Manufacturing Have in Common
4 March 2013 | POWER
by Gail Reitenbach
Scott Elrod discusses the use of a co-extrusion printing technique for electrodes to increase energy and power densities for most battery chemistries, as well as the development of a fiber optic monitoring system that provides detailed information about the internal condition of batteries.
Chu’s Last Public Speech as Secretary of Energy
28 February 2013 | POWER
by Gail Reitenbach
Photo in article of Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu visiting PARC's Technology Showcase exhibit at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. Here he discusses an embedded fiber optic sensing system for battery packs developed by researchers at PARC, who received a $4,017,132 ARPA-E award for the project.
How to stop adding to the hype and make the internet of things a reality
27 February 2013 | GigaOM
by Stacey Higginbotham
"'Our current programming tools are rigid and deterministic,' said Mike Kuniavsky, a principal in the Innovation Services Group at PARC. He argued that developers are not prepared to program for a world where hundreds of connected devices will work in concert to deliver services. The industry can’t afford to fall back on the current pattern of binary decision making and still deliver a real-time experience, which means that programmers will start having to think about how to connect these tools using probabilistic logic: in which the computer, not a human, chooses the most likely outcome."
Android Paternity Test App Developed by UC Irvine Computer Scientists
8 February 2013 | eWeek
by Brian Horowitz
"University of California, Irvine, computer scientists have developed a genomic app that conducts on-the-spot paternity tests and holds potential for personalized medicine....
Gene Tsudik designed the smartphone app along with Emiliano De Cristofaro of PARC and a UC Irvine doctoral program graduate; UC Irvine Ph.D. candidate Sky Faber and Paolo Gasti, assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology and a former UC Irvine postdoctoral researcher."
DNA Data, Security, and You
One day you’ll be handed an electronic copy of your sequenced genome on a flash drive, maybe a phone app. You’ll need to know how to keep it safe.
4 February 2013 | MIT Technology Review
by Nidhi Subbaraman
MIT Technology Review discusses the Android app GeneDroid, co-developed by PARC's Emiliano De Cristofaro and University of California, Irvine, computer scientists.
"We’re hurtling towards a future in which our DNA data will be cheaply generated and routinely summoned. Preparing for that, a UC Irvine team has created an app that can store a digital copy of a fully sequenced genome on a smartphone."
The Power of Observation
The science of ethnography provides a better parking experience
1 February 2013 | The Parking Professional
by Ellen Isaacs and David Cummins
"In the last few years, PARC has applied this rapid ethnography method to projects in healthcare, transportation, and mobile communication, all of which generated specific, long-lasting benefits. Some of the most fruitful ethnography projects have involved parking. For whatever reason, parking seems to evoke some of the more interesting behaviors in the human repertoire.
The following examples showcase how rapid ethnography research is helping uncover innovative solutions to simplify and improve parking enforcement as well as the way people find and pay for parking."
TEDx conference seeks bright ideas for Broadway
29 January 2013 | Los Angeles Times
by Howard Sherman
"'What is the best that Broadway can be?' was the central question of the second TEDx Broadway conference, which continued to explore the query that fueled last year’s inaugural conference...
The conference mixed seasoned producers like Daryl Roth and Disney Theatrical Group’s Thomas Schumacher, artists such as playwright Kristoffer Diaz, actor George Takei and designer Christine Jones, and experts in other fields including Ellen Isaacs, principal scientist at PARC; tech and media entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, and Susan Salgado, the founder with restaurateur Danny Meyer of Hospitality Quotient..."
Video -- Ethnography: Ellen Isaacs at TEDxBroadway
28 January 2013 | TEDxBroadway
Watch Ellen Isaacs present on the theme of "Using Ethnography to Envision a Better Future," exploring how ethnography can be used to help Broadway envision the best that it can be in 20 years time.
The People Who Practice Everyday, Everywhere Innovation
28 January 2013 | Bloomberg
by Polly LaBarre
"Innovation as a Business: How to Create a Repeatable and Sustainable Innovation Engine" by Lawrence Lee announced as a finalist for MIX, Harvard Business Review, and McKinsey & Company's "Innovating Innovation Challenge"
Safely Access Your Genetic Profile on Your Smart Phone
26 January 2013 | About.com Biotech/Biomedical
by Paul Diehl
"With the increasing interest in personal DNA sequencing, the question of how individuals can safely store their genetic information but also have it accessible is becoming more critical. Emiliano De Cristofaro of PARC and Gene Tsudik from the University of California at Irvine, have a solution--GenoDroid--a smartphone app that contains your encoded genetic information. It keeps your DNA details secure but gives you specific information about particular genetic traits."
Harvard Business Review and McKinsey & Company's M Prize: Innovating Innovation Challenge
22 January 2013 | Management Innovation eXchange
by Polly LaBarre
Lawrence Lee's "Innovation as a Business: How to Create a Repeatable and Sustainable Innovation Engine" chosen as a finalist.
No Hands Required: The Next Evolution of Mobile Computing
Redefining how work gets done
9 January 2013 | Verizon Wireless News Center
by Brian McHale
"For example, with Entervise, IPS's software application that leverages ingredient technology from PARC, the HC1 enables hands-free access to remote experts, customized content, and dynamic simulation and training applications using its virtual 15-inch display combined with natural language processing and advanced acoustics. Enabling real-time connectivity to the cloud, networks, smartphones, and on-board sensor and camera interfaces, the HC1 with Entervise makes augmented reality practical for mobile workers across field service industries."
Innovation, R&D, Future, Facebook: Interview With Stephen Hoover
8 January 2013 | Techtaffy
by Sudarshana Banerjee
"Innovation, in practice, is the intersection of three key things – human behavior and context, new models for business, and technology expertise. Radical disruptive innovation involves solving problems that people often did not know needed solving, or were solving them in a radically different way."
30 Under 30: Forbes Announces Young Pioneers In Technology
17 December 2012 | Forbes
by Victoria Barret
Judges: PARC CEO Stephen Hoover, salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, and angel investor Pejman Nozad
"Fortunately, we also had the wisdom and sharp eyes of our three judges to make the big calls...With the three of them as our guide, we aimed to highlight a diverse group of talented, very young individuals."
High-Tech Factories Built to Be Engines of Innovation
13 December 2012 | The New York Times
by Annie Lowrey
“The manufacturing process itself is going through an innovation revolution,” said Stephen Hoover, chief executive of PARC. “It’s not four million people on an assembly line. It’s a small number of really highly skilled people.”
ARPA-E Awards $130 Million for 66 Transformational Energy Technology Projects
OPEN 2012 is ARPA-E’s Second Open Call for Innovative Energy Technology Solutions
28 November 2012 | announcement
"Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 66 cutting-edge research projects selected by the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to receive a total of $130 million in funding through its OPEN 2012 program..." (Download Full List)
Description: Printed Integral Batteries -- PARC will develop an innovative manufacturing process for lithium-ion batteries that reduces manufacturing costs and improves performance. PARC’s printing process would manufacture narrow stripes within battery layers that could improve the amount of energy storage allowing an extended electric vehicle driving range.
AlwaysOn 2012 Power Players in Greentech
23 November 2012 | AlwaysOn
Vice President and Director of Cleantech Innovation Program at PARC
The AlwaysOn Power Players in Greentech list honors the most influential people in the banking, venture capital, legal, talent, government, and accounting world who support the green technology entrepreneurs who are bringing massive technology breakthroughs to a world that's hungry for clean, sustainable products. These individuals and their firms are the infrastructure workhorses behind the ideas that make the Global Silicon Valley an incubator for success, creating strong greentech companies that are building forward-thinking, indispensable, clean products and services.
These powerful individuals are bringing a new generation of innovation to the technology marketplace and the Global Silicon Valley, making our world a cleaner, safer, better place to live.
Video -- PARC CEO Stephen Hoover On The Business Of Innovation
19 November 2012 | Forbes
by Tomio Geron
Stephen Hoover discusses printed and flexible electronics, the future of manufacturing, and PARC's open innovation model.
Xerox Designs System to Reduce Busywork for Nurses
The system automatically pulls up patient files and lets nurses use mobile devices to document work
14 November 2012 | MIT Technology Review
by Susan Young
"...worked with ethnographers to see exactly what nurses do each day to better understand how to help them. The PARC ethnographers helped uncover some of the details of the Permanente study, such as why it took so long to document things and how difficult electronic medical records are to use."
Democratizing manufacturing, minus the people
13 November 2012 | Los Angeles Times
by Jon Healey
"In fact, PARC is already developing ways to print electronics and to print mechanical structures and electronics together, said Stephen Hoover, chief executive of PARC. He predicted the initial applications will emerge in about two years, including wearable sensors that can be put onto any product. Other possibilities include printed batteries, memory chips and displays...
3D printing is just one part of a larger trend democratizing design and production, Hoover of PARC said. 'We can imagine assembly automation and 3D printing combining' with other automation techniques into 'a virtual supply chain,' Hoover said."
Video -- Stephen Hoover Presents "Making Things Matters"
12 November 2012 | Techonomy 2012
Stephen Hoover, CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, speaks at Techonomy 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.
Why Making Things Still Matters
10 November 2012 | Techonomy
by Stephen Hoover
"Our ability to manufacture—and innovate and make the process better—has always been a core part of our country’s innovation cycle, spawning incredibly vast new industries and businesses from these historic revolutions. But the pendulum of the tech industry has shifted so far to software and services that we may soon face major uphill battles to reclaim our foothold on the “making” part of innovation, as well as the opportunity to bring manufacturing back to the US...
We are at a point where we need to return to our roots and really focus on innovation opportunities in how things are made...We as a nation need to take global leadership in driving this phase change in manufacturing, as historically we always have...Because making things matters."
Video -- What's next from the people who invented the PC?
4 November 2012 | CNET
by Brian Cooley
"PARC is a legendary and often misunderstood place. Once Xerox's outpost in Silicon Valley, it's now a separate company within Xerox, and it focuses on applied R&D. PARC is where you'll find the beginnings of the personal computer, LAN, voice command, and laser printing. Today its work branches far beyond computing, with a strong emphasis on ethnography, the study of what people do and how they do it."
Want to keep your genome safe? There's an app for that
1 November 2012 | New Scientist
by Paul Marks
"Now there is a smartphone app that will allow you to carry around an encrypted copy of your genome, safe in the knowledge that the DNA won't fall into the wrong hands. With prices for DNA sequencing falling fast, this app may not be as futuristic as it sounds.
The idea behind Genodroid, the work of a team led by Emiliano De Cristofaro at PARC in Palo Alto, California, is to investigate how people might safely transport the personal information stored in their genome."
A Rewired Internet Would Speed Up Content Delivery
29 October 2012 | MIT Technology Review
by Tom Simonite
"A growing number of researchers think it's time to rewire the Internet. A fundamentally new approach could better serve the streaming video, nonstop connectivity, and sizable downloads that users have come to expect, these experts say.
The problem is simple: the Internet was designed to send small packets of data back and forth in a conversational style, says Glenn Edens, who heads networking research at PARC. “Where we are today, the Internet is mostly used for the distribution of content like video, pictures, and e-mails,” says Edens, who is leading an effort at PARC to design and test an alternative way of operating the Internet known as content-centric networking—a project that is attracting increasing support from other researchers and companies."
Video -- Motorola Solutions Outs HC1 Head-mounted Computer, Keeps Workers' Hands Free in Sticky Situations
22 October 2012 | Engadget
by Jon Fingas
"Motorola Solutions' attention is on giving construction workers, field technicians and soldiers an always-up computer that keeps their hands free when it would be too dangerous (or just unwieldy) to grab a handheld."
How Xerox Uses Analytics, Big Data and Ethnography To Help Government Solve "Big Problems"
22 October 2012 | Forbes
by Ben Kerschberg
"Few have not experienced the uncomfortable experience of circling city blocks for a parking space. Researchers at Xerox have designed algorithms and implemented dynamic parking systems in Los Angeles that change the way we park...
PARC ethnographer Ellen Isaacs wrote recently, 'even when you have a clear concept for a technology, you still need to design it so that it’s consistent with the way people think about their activities...you have to watch them doing what they do.'"
Video -- The HC1: Motorola Solutions' take on Google Goggles
22 October 2012 | Network World
by Nick Barber
"Motorola Solutions unveiled a head mounted voice controlled computer that aims to help the military and other industries where workers needs hands free access to information."
Motorola HC1: Google Goggles for the enterprise
The head-mounted computer is aimed at enterprises
22 October 2012 | ComputerWorld
by Nick Barber
"Motorola Solutions has unveiled a head-mounted, voice-controlled computer that's targeted at the military and other industries where workers need hands-free access to information. Called the HC1, the device runs on an ARM processor and has an optional camera to send back real-time video over a wireless network."
Motorola HC1 Device Is Google Glass for Business Users
22 October 2012 | eWeek
by Todd R. Weiss
"Like a version of Google Glass for business, a new Motorola headset-mounted, wearable computer aimed at making it easier for remote field workers to do their jobs in precarious locations will be offered for sale in the first half of 2013, bringing a true hands-free computing option to enterprise workers."
PARC Cuts Energy Waste in Waste Water
Can a low-energy water treatment system prod water utilities to consider new technology?
19 October 2012 | MIT Technology Review
by Martin LaMonica
"PARC has parlayed its expertise in printing to develop a less energy-intensive method for treating wastewater. Municipal water utilities rarely adopt new technology, but a PARC-led project suggests that energy-saving innovations could fuel interest in water technologies...
The grant is funded by the California Energy Commission, a clear reminder of how closely related water and energy are. It’s estimated that three percent of California’s energy is consumed in wastewater treatment."
PARC Named Runner-up for The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award
16 October 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal has named PARC and Thinfilm as runner-up for The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the Semiconductors and Electronics category. The winners and runners-up represent disruptive breakthroughs from conventional ideas and methods.
The Wall Street Journal received 536 applications from more than two dozen countries. A team of editors and reporters reviewed the entries and forwarded the 172 most promising to an independent panel of judges from venture-capital firms, universities, and companies. From that pool, the judges chose a total of 37 winners and runners-up in 18 categories.
PARC and Thinfilm received the runner-up award for Thinfilm Addressable Memory, the first printed electronic rewritable memory. Thinfilm Addressable Memory works as a technology platform for a wide range of printed electronic system products, such as smart tags, that combine memory with other printed components.
What PARC Learned About Executing on Open Innovation
15 October 2012 | Harvard Business Review - HBR Blog Network
by Lawrence Lee
Lawrence Lee, Senior Director of Strategy at PARC, writes on PARC's lessons in how to turn open innovation into a repeatable business model.
"As an industry, I believe we are still realizing only a small fraction of the full potential of open innovation. How can we realize this potential? Here are some key strategies I've observed from PARC's experiences."
Companies Race to the Patent Office to Protect Their IT Breakthroughs
There's a patent gold rush under way as savvy companies seek to lock in the competitive advantage from their IT innovations
28 September 2012 | CIO
by Kim Nash
"Patenting a family of inventions protects you better than getting a single patent, says Lunt, who helps PARC formulate patent strategy. PARC works with clients such as Procter & Gamble and BASF to develop inventions that may be patented and also licenses patents to other companies."
$4 Million To Improve Battery Performance
20 September 2012 | Hybrid Cars
by Philippe Crowe
"PARC announced yesterday it has signed a $4 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under the program for Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED).
This contract will have PARC, along with project partner LG Chem Power Inc. (LGCPI), a subsidiary of LG Chem, develop a fiber optic monitoring system capable of providing detailed information about the internal condition of batteries. The end goal is to allow batteries to perform better in applications such as electric vehicles (EVs)."
How Can We Make Devices Better? By Studying What People Actually Do
20 September 2012 | GigaOM
by Mathew Ingram
"Many new technologies are based on what companies and designers seem to think their users might want to do, or what they envision them wanting to do, but not as many are based on what people actually do, Ellen Isaacs told attendees at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference on Thursday...
Surveys of users can only reveal so much about how people use technology, Isaacs said, for a number of reasons: for one thing, people forget certain steps because they have become so familiar they are almost invisible, but sometimes those steps are the most important parts of the process they are describing."
The Mobile 15
Our picks for the most innovative companies
18 September 2012 | GigaOM
"(ThinFilm's) partnership with PARC enabled the circuits to have not just memory but also the logic needed to turn the memory into something that can execute programs. That, in turn, has helped ThinFilm make the leap from the novelty toy market to a broader set of industries...
ThinFilm’s innovation is the melding of cheap printed memory with printed logic circuits from PARC. The printed circuits are cheap and can be printed onto packaging for food, medical devices, drugs or other goods. With only the memory, a pill bottle might have the ability when scanned to indicate if it had been stored at a temperature that rendered the medicine inside ineffective. Once logic and eventually a radio is added, then the same pill bottle might be able to send an alert when temperatures are veering into the danger zone."
The Power of Observation
How companies can have more 'aha' moments
15 September 2012 | GigaOM
by Ellen Isaacs
Focus groups can only tell you so much. Companies in the mobile business also need to know the right problems to solve, which involves understanding people’s implicit needs and unknown desires. Ellen Isaacs, a user experience designer and ethnographer for PARC, explains the benefits of using ethnography to develop better mobile products.
Video -- Manufacturing’s Future and the Impact on Jobs
12 September 2012 | Techonomy Detroit
by Stephen Hoover; Amar Hanspal; Lou Rassey
Panel session from Techonomy Detroit about how the technologization of manufacturing can create new jobs instead of killing them.
Speakers include PARC CEO Stephen Hoover, Amar Hanspal of Autodesk, and Lou Rassey of McKinsey & Company.