FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, today announced the formal completion of three flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) R&D projects under its U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) technology investment agreement. The completed projects are with ENrG for a flexible ceramic substrate; nScrypt and NovaCentrix for a next-generation three-dimensional (3D) printing tool for creating complex and functional objects; and PARC, a Xerox company, for a flexible sensor platform. Projects ranged from 12-18 months and were managed by a member of the FlexTech Technical Council, which is a team of experts in flexible, hybrid and printed electronics technologies.
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You’ve Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented “Almost Everything”
21 April 2017 | Wired
by Leslie Berlin
Last week the world lost the most important tech pioneer whom hardly anyone has heard of: Bob Taylor. When I asked Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt to tell me about Taylor—Schmidt worked in Taylor’s Silicon Valley computer science lab as a graduate student—Schmidt said, “Bob Taylor invented almost everything in one form or another that we use today in the office and at home.”
For the generation of tech companies in the 1970s and early 1980s, the essential cluster was at Xerox PARC—and its leader was Bob Taylor. Taylor’s lab was of such high caliber that at the time Stanford professor Donald Knuth called it “the greatest by far team of computer scientists ever assembled in one organization.”
Who’s at the Wheel?
The Autonomous Vehicle and Its Impact on Leadership
19 April 2017 | SpencerStuart
by Lisa J. Caswell, Christina E. Coplen, Jonathan R. Visbal
The driverless car was once heralded as an innovation even too futuristic for The Jetsons. Sure, George Jetson drove a flying car, but it still had a steering wheel and he was clearly at the helm. A different future has arrived, and the days of an actual human getting behind the wheel and piloting a car may soon be as distant a memory as rabbit-ear TV antennae.
Indeed, leaders in this space need to possess a broad vision that goes well beyond current needs. “They need to be provocative as a futurist,” says Steve Hoover, former CEO at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and now CTO of Xerox Corporation. “They need not to wait for the future to be clear, but to invent the future before others can see it.”
How Bob Taylor Assembled the Team That Invented Personal Computing: An Appreciation
17 April 2017 | Los Angeles Times
by Michael Hiltzik
The team Taylor led in the 1970s at Xerox PARC, the company’s fabled Palo Alto Research Center, invented the Alto, the world’s first personal computer, as well as the laser printer, the Ethernet local area network, the graphical computer display, and other pioneering advances in computing hardware and software. It’s safe to say that the computerized world that occupies our attention from millions of desktops, laptops and smartphones can be traced to Taylor’s leadership and his vision of the computer as an interactive communication device. That includes the Internet, the earliest version of which Taylor funded in the late 1960s as a civilian research director at the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency.
(Former PARC Computer Science Laboratory Manager) Robert W. Taylor, Visionary Figure in the Birth of Personal Computing and the Internet, Dies at 85
15 April 2017 | Los Angeles Times
by Michael Hiltzik
As one of the original laboratory chiefs at the fabled Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, he supervised the work that produced the first personal computer; the graphical user interface that was the model for Microsoft Windows and the AppleMacintosh display; the laser printer; the Ethernet local network; and many more advances.
(Former PARC Computer Science Laboratory Manager) Robert W. Taylor, a Pioneer of the Modern Computer, Dies at 85
14 April 2017 | Los Angeles Times
by Esmeralda Bermudez and Michael Hiltzik
(Former PARC Computer Science Laboratory Manager) Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85
The New York Times
14 April 2017
by John Markoff
Where Physical Meets Digital
The interface of humans and technology is a major focus for PARC’s chief executive
10 April 2017 | The Engineer
by Stuart Nathan
These Hackathon Hustlers Make Their Living From Corporate Coding Contests
Some coders go from one marathon hacking session to another, subsisting on prize money and schwag.
4 April 2017 | Bloomberg
by Lizette Chapman
In March, Procter & Gamble hosted a hackathon in Redwood City, California, to promote Febreze plug-in scent dispensers and be inspired by new ideas for future products. Organizers invited Xerox’s PARC, Nest, Google, Amazon Alexa, cloud platform startup Arrayent and other companies promoting connected homes to attend so they could showcase their own technologies enabling connected Febreze dispensers. In exchange for $10,000 and prizes — including a PARC internship — dozens of developer teams slept in shifts during the 48-hour event to build the best project.
Executive Interview: Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, PARC
Palo Alto Research Center – formerly Xerox PARC– is the home of the modern computer. We speak to its new CEO about innovation.
3 April 2017 | ComputerWeekly.com
by Cliff Saran
“In 2002, PARC was spun off and we changed our business model from being a captive R&D center for Xerox to being an innovation center. We practice an open innovation business model. Today, the business model is to provide R&D services and work as an innovation partner for companies ranging from startups to global market leaders, as well as government clients in the US,” says Kurtoglu.
PARC CEO Discusses the Present and Future of Tech Jobs and the Implications for the Larger Society (audio)
2 April 2017 | NPR / KALW Radio
by Marty Nemko
Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, also discusses the implications of the use of robots, sensors, and artificial intelligence, and the many people whose jobs will be displaced.
Your Life in AI’s Hands: The Battle to Understand Deep Learning
Why we need more insight into how cutting-edge AI models work before giving them greater control over our lives
31 March 2017 | TechRepublic
by Nick Heath
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: Self-Fluffing Fabrics and the World’s Coolest Paint
10 March 2017 | IEEE-Spectrum
by Evan Ackerman
We know, paint is so boring that watching it dry (which is arguably the most exciting thing that paint ever gets to do) is the absolute standard of ultimate boredom. But a new paint that Xerox PARC was demonstrating at the ARPA-E expo is literally the coolest paint we've ever seen, and it could have an enormous impact on energy efficiency all over the world.
Mobile Ordering Lets Customers Cut in Line — and That’s a Problem
26 February 2017 | Venture Beat
by James Glasnapp, PARC (guest author)
I’m a social scientist who specializes in ethnography. Focusing on the user is at the forefront of my work, and it also seeps into my personal life, because I am a user of so many things myself. As a result of my hyper-awareness of UX, I’m often tortured by my own experiences with products. One area in which I see need for improvement is the experience of mobile ordering versus physically standing in line.
New Tech Makes Brain Implants Safer and Super Precise
22 February 2017 | Singularity Hub
by Shelly Fan
When Jan Scheuermann volunteered for an experimental brain implant, she had no idea she was making neuroscience history. ...Scheuermann had two button-sized electrical implants inserted into her motor cortex…but there are issues with electrodes. To get around these issues, a team from Harvard and Palo Alto Research Center went back to the drawing board. Recently, they published research on a new type of implant made of tiny, thin copper coils embedded in silicon. Unlike its predecessors, the microcoil uses magnetic waves rather than electricity to stimulate the brain.
“Hair-Like” Brain Implant Could Simulate Vision in the Blind
10 February 2017 | Med Device Online
by Suzanne Hodsden
Researchers at PARC have developed a “hair-like” implant that rests on the surface of the brain and stimulates neural activity with magnetic fields generated by microscopic coils. In a study published in Science Advances last year, Harvard researchers demonstrated proof of concept, using the prosthesis in mice to stimulate whisker movement.
Self-Destructing Gadgets Made Not So Mission Impossible
9 February 2017 | IEEE Spectrum
by Jeremy Hsu
This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical
Harvard Medical School is testing a new design of a brain implant meant to restore vision to the blind.
9 February 2017 | MIT Technology Review
by Tom Simonite
A New Boss Ponders the Past and Future of the Fabled Xerox PARC
21 January 2017 | LA Times
by Michael Hiltzik
Few executives have moved into new jobs as freighted with history as Tolga Kurtoglu. When he became chief executive of Xerox PARC on Jan. 10, he inherited the legacy of one of Silicon Valley’s most revered institutions. ...
These Paper-airplane Drones May One Day Save Your Life
DARPA is funding autonomous cardboard airplanes that can carry medical supplies
12 January 2017 | recode
by April Glaser
How “2001” Got the Future So Wrong (podcast)
11 January 2017 | SOONish
by Wade Roush
Technology journalist Wade Roush discusses how the future portrayed in the1968 film “2001: a space odyssey" is quite different than the future we got. Roush asked Lawrence Lee, PARC’s former Senior Director of Strategy, about thinking, talking computers and Lee states the business case for or against them. (This section starts at 16 mins. 07 seconds.)
Xerox’s PARC Gets a New CEO: Tolga Kurtoglu
10 January 2017 | xconomy
by Bernadette Tansey
Xerox, which is taking its traditional printing business into the digital age with new products such as smart labels, is also re-configuring its business units and drawing on in-house talent to fill some top spots.
ESI/PARC Partnership Targets Improved Product Performance Predictions
26 December 2016 | Engineering.com
by Alex Smith
As product design moves more and more into the virtual world, ESI Group (ESI) has been at the forefront of virtual prototyping for some time. The computer-aided engineering (CAE) vendor helps companies optimize their design process by using software solutions to test product designs thoroughly before committing to physical prototyping. This capability is now expanding with the announcement of a long-term strategic partnership between ESI and PARC, a Xerox company.
Xerox Names Steve Hoover Chief Technology Officer
21 December 2016 | News.Xerox.com
Sensor Net to Run on RF Power
20 December 2016 | EE Times
by Rick Merritt
Researchers at PARC aim to develop a platform for distributed sensors made on a flexible substrate and powered by a 900-MHz RF link. The work is one of 18 building-automation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy geared to reduce wasted energy.
PARC hopes to stage demonstrations within 18 months of peel-and-stick temperature and humidity sensors and an RF hub to power them. The sensors target costs of less than $10 while the hub would send micro-joules of energy distances initially up to 10 meters and cost less than $100.
PARC to Develop Peel-and-Stick Sensors to Track the Internet of Things
20 December 2016 | VentureBeat
by Dean Takahashi
Today, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is announcing it has secured money from the U.S. Department of Energy to create sticky sensors that can be used to monitor the Internet of Things. You just peel the labels off these sensors and stick them in places where they can wirelessly monitor other devices by radio frequency power.
What Carpoolers Really Want
Who will build the great disruptive carpooling app of the 21st Century?
14 December 2016 | The Atlantic: CITYLAB
by Laura Bliss
Magnetic Stimulation May Provide More Precise, Reliable Activation of Neural Circuitry
Microcoil implants allow more selective activation of targeting neurons than possible with electrodes
9 December 2016 | Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have developed what appears to be a significant improvement in the technology behind brain implants used to activate neural circuits responsible for vision, hearing or movement. The investigators, who are also affiliated with the Boston VA Healthcare System, describe their development of tiny magnetic coils capable of selectively activating target neurons in the Dec. 9 issue of Science Advances. (PARC researchers Florian Fallegger and Bernard Casse are co-authors of the Science Advances report.)
A Short History of the Most Important Economic Theory in Tech
Twenty years ago, PARC visiting researcher W. Brian Arthur popularized a concept that forever changed Silicon Valley — with a little help from Cormac McCarthy.
7 December 2016 | Fast Company
by Rick Tetzeli
This summer marked the 20th anniversary of one of the Harvard Business Review’s most influential articles ever, “Increasing Returns and the New World of Business,” by theoretical economist (and PARC visiting researcher) W. Brian Arthur, who was and remains a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. Netscape had gone public the previous summer, launching Internet 1.0, whose startups heartily embraced the idea. Even now, the theory of increasing returns is as important as ever: It’s the heart of the success of companies such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Amazon, and Airbnb.
ESI Signs a Long-term Strategic Partnership with PARC, a Xerox company
7 December 2016 | Digital Journal
ESI Group, leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries, announces the signing of a long-term strategic partnership with PARC, a Xerox company. The partnership initially focuses on expanding and industrializing PARC’s advanced research project on Fault Augmented Model Extension (FAME), initiated with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
My Battle to Save My Dad
PARC scientist Marzieh Nabi has used the trauma of her father’s cancer to develop ground-breaking insights into comorbidity.
30 November 2016 | Xerox Agents of Change
As the daughter of a math teacher in a small Iranian town, Marzieh Nabi took an early interest in solving difficult problems. When her father developed complications from brain cancer, she put her analytical mind to work in hopes of saving his life. Today, her continuing work in this area holds great promise and is enabled by her research role at PARC, a Xerox company.
Nine Requirements for a Successful Private Ridesharing System
29 November 2016 | TechCrunch
by James Glassnapp, PARC
The future of urban mobility is rapidly changing as drivers look for safer and more effortless ways to move from point A to point B. While autonomous vehicles are on the horizon, ridesharing options are expanding beyond Uber and Lyft to incorporate drivers of single-occupancy cars to accept other riders on their commutes.
PARC: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
17 November 2016 | EE Times
by R. Colin Johnson
The future of the Internet of Things (IoT) is clear, according to the inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming, amorphous silicon. The clear future of IoT will be transparent, flexible and self-powering, said Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres, at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona).
PARC CEO, Experts Discuss Digital Transformation
At Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2016, the CEO of PARC brought three experts on stage to talk about digital transformation. InformationWeek found time after the session to go deeper into the subject.
2 November 2016 | Information Week
by Curtis Franklin, Jr.
Xerox PARC (now known as "PARC, a Xerox Company") has a long and storied history in the computer industry. Known as the research center from which any number of innovations sprang, PARC still has a reputation as one of the places where pure research takes place on projects that might not have a direct impact on the products we use for years, or even decades.
At this year's Gartner Symposium ITxpo, PARC CEO Steve Hoover led a panel on digital transformation. Joining him on the panel were Victoria Bellotti, a research fellow at PARC; Gillis J. Jonk, strategy consultant and business innovator at A.T. Kearney; and Gytis Barzdukas, head of product management at Predix, part of GE Digital.
A New Technology Sees Through Walls — and May Save Your Life Someday
A hyper spectral camera could let smartphones find counterfeit money or spot the ripest peach.
2 November 2016 | The Fiscal Times
by Jacqueline Leo
I met Alex Hegyi, one of MIT Technology Review's 2016 “Innovators Under 35,” at EmTech, a conference held at MIT’s Media Lab. He said his goal was to make hyperspectral technology “cheaper than anything that's out there and also small enough to fit inside a cellphone. That could dramatically change the way just about anyone looks at the world.”
Your Future Smartwatch Might Be Printed With An Inkjet Printer
1 November 2016 | Science
by Gabriel Popkin
Flexible Electronics Turn a Corner
26 October 2016 | EBN Online
by Jennifer Baljko
It helps that a US Department of Defense-backed organization is also pushing the envelope in this area.
NextFlex, America's Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Innovation Institute, recently announced the first four recipients (out of eight contracts awarded) from the institute's inaugural project call. Among them is Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and their partner, University of California at San Diego.
Tales in Tech History: The Computer Mouse
15 October 2016 | TechWeek Europe
by Tom Jowitt
In 1971, a computer engineer (Bill English) joined Xerox’s famous Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). English has previously worked for Engelbart and had actually built Engelbart’s invention in the 1960s. He evolved the design with the creation of the “Ball Mouse”. This is where the user’s hand sat on the ball itself to manoeuvre the pointer around the screen.
Why Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory Killed off a Brilliant Carbon-Neutral Fuel
The project Foghorn was meant to take CO2 from the oceans and turn it into fuel, but it was a dream too far ahead of its time.
13 October 2016 | Fastcoexist
by Adele Peters
"The process that we're using, in short, essentially shifts the pH of the ocean," says Matt Eisaman, one of a team of PARC scientists who originally developed the technology. By sucking ocean water into a tank and making it more acidic, it's possible to collect CO2 as a gas. Using another process, it's possible to also pull hydrogen from the water. If the CO2 and hydrogen are reacted together, they become a liquid fuel.
For Compactness and Ruggedness, Linear Variable Filters Fit the Bill
Innovations in design and scalable manufacturing have led to the development of linear variable filters that cover a broader wavelength range than ever before
9 September 2016 | Photonics.com (Photonics Spectra)
by Trey Turner, Eric Baltz and Roger Kirschner, Research Electro-Optics, Inc.
Peter Kiesel, principal scientist at Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC), a Xerox company, has invented a technology that can measure wavelength variations with sub-picometer resolution. It combines photodetector position sensors with a linear variable bandpass filter that converts spectral wavelength into an intensity distribution on the position sensor. A centroid calculation of the intensity distribution provides the very accurate wavelength information.
PARC Computer Scientist Hoda Eldardiry: Her Ph.D. and Her Research (video)
9 September 2016 | The Computing Research Association
The Computing Research Association (CRA) and its education committee (CRA-E) produced videos of young researchers with Ph.D.s who are now working in industry. PARC Computer Scientist Hoda Eldardiry was selected to share her thoughts about pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science and her research on predictive analytics, using machine learning and data mining.
Xerox Beacon Technology Brings Retail to Commuters
4 September 2016 | ReadWrite
by Cate Lawrence
The Shop and Ride beacon and app system, powered by Xerox, is promising to deliver personalized, hyperlocal, mobile offers to transit riders based on their preferences and travel patterns.
Beacon technology placed in local bus shelters and at merchant sites communicates with the app so users are notified of existing offers in the area or at a particular store. With a single touch, riders can save a coupon to redeem it immediately or at a later time.
Researchers Envision Ultrathin, Flexible Circuit Boards
Group explores potential for paper-like electronics to revitalize U.S. manufacturing
3 September 2016 | The Wall Street Journal
by Don Clark
“We are very interested and curious about democratizing manufacturing,” said Janos Veres, program manager for novel and printed electronics at Palo Alto Research Center Inc., a unit of Xerox Corp. Flexible electronics, he said, “will open up a whole new raft of business models.”
NASA Spotted Methane Gas Leak from Space — PARC IoT Sensors Detect Here on Earth
1 September 2016 | Forbes
by TJ McCue
DOE’s BENEFIT Initiative Seeks Low-Cost Building Sensors
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding three multi-year projects to create either passive or active RFID sensors that can collect temperature, humidity or other environmental data for use by building-management systems.
31 August 2016 | RFID Journal
by Claire Swedberg
John Ellenby, Visionary Who Helped Create Early Laptop, Dies at 75
26 August 2016 | NY Times
by John Markoff
A new type of camera could let smartphones find counterfeit drugs or spot the ripest peach.
23 August 2016 | MIT Technology Review
by Rachel Metz
Most Impressive Young Innovators to Watch
Check out the people who are spinning the science and tech fields forward.
23 August 2016 | Inc.
by Kevin J. Ryan
Meet the next generation of world changers.
MIT Tech Review revealed its 35 Innovators Under 35 today, highlighting disruptors and advanced thinkers in a variety of fields. The science- and tech-focused list included several winners in the health and medicine fields, plus a few people innovating in rapidly expanding fields like drones and artificial intelligence. ...winners include (PARC's) Alex Hegyi, who invented an invented an advanced consumer camera that detects things like counterfeit drugs and spoiled food.
Seven Current and Former UC Berkeley Engineers Named Top Innovators Under 35
23 August 2016 | UC Berkeley News
by Robert Sanders
A UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow hoping to develop wearable sweat sensors for better health monitoring and a young assistant professor who helped pioneer “deep learning” to create more dextrous robots are among this year’s top innovators under 35, a list compiled each year by MIT Technology Review. Two electrical engineering and computer science Ph.D. alumni — Alex Hegyi, 29, now at Xerox’s PARC, and Oriol Vinyals, 33, now at Google DeepMind — also graced the list.
Productivity, Inequality and the 'Profound Impact’ of the Personal Computer
Computers have been a double-edge sword in a sense, as they’ve completely reshaped the labor market
12 August 2016 | U.S. News & World Report
by Andrew Soergel
Thirty-five years after IBM rolled out its Personal Computer and helped change the way the world accesses information, the jury's still out on whether the rise of the machines has helped or hurt the labor market.
Entire industries have been born over the last few decades out of an increasingly computerized world. IBM and competitors such as Compaq and Apple pushed one another to fast-track cutting-edge computer technology, and innovative outfits like Xerox's PARC – Palo Alto Research Center Inc. – helped make modern-day technological staples such as the laser printer, Ethernet connection and even the computer mouse possible.
Carnegie Mellon Team Tapped to Help Build Self-destructing Drones for Defense Department
11 August 2016 | TribLive
by Aaron Aupperlee
The U.S. military wants drones, gliders or other airborne delivery vehicles to vanish once they safely send supplies or intelligence to troops, aid workers or agents in hostile territory or behind enemy lines. And researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on it.
DARPA expects to distribute about $8 million in grants. In June, it awarded a $2.3 million grant to Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center; a $2.9 million grant to DZYNE Technologies, an aircraft design, production and analytics firm headquartered in Arizona; and a $3 million grant to MORSE Corp., an engineering firm in Cambridge, Mass.
Ride More, Save More: Transit Riders in Hoboken, NJ Reap Rewards with New Digital Couponing App
Shop and Ride, Powered by Xerox: Hoboken, New Jersey is partnering with Xerox and AR James, a local transit advertising agency, to bring this new digital couponing app to mass transit riders.
10 August 2016 | Business Wire
The app grew out of research conducted at PARC, A Xerox company, working in concert with other Xerox research and development efforts helping transportation customers integrate mobile technology into their offerings. Shop and Ride joins other Xerox urban mobility projects being deployed around the world.
An Affordable Approach to Hyperspectral Imaging
2 August 2016 | Novus Light
by Dave Wilson
Restoring Y Combinator’s Xerox Alto, day 4:
What’s running on the system
31 July 2016 | Ken Shirriff’s blog
by Ken Shirriff
This post describes our continuing efforts to restore a Xerox Alto. We checked that the low-level microcode tasks are running correctly and the processor is functioning. (The Alto uses an unusual architecture that runs multiple tasks in microcode.) Unfortunately the system still doesn't boot from disk, so the next step will be to get out the logic analyzer and see exactly what's happening.
The Future of Human-Robot Interaction
29 July 2016 | Xconomy.com
by Bo Begole
PARC VP of Public Sector Operations, Rob McHenry, was a panelist at Xconomy’s Robo Madness West 2016 conference last month. Some of the topics of the question-and-answer panel included: How will humans and machines work together in the future? Will social robots be nothing more than robotic digital assistants like those on smartphones, or are there new opportunities and challenges when we put an AI brain into a robotic body? What are the risks and ethics around AI systems?
Panel moderator, Bo Begole, VP and Global Head of Huawei Technologies’ Media Lab, provides highlights from the discussion.
A GoogleX and PARC collaboration to develop “sea fuel”
26 July 2016 | SolveforX.com
In early 2014, GoogleX and PARC collaborated on a project to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by developing “sea fuel” — a new type of liquid fuel created from seawater. An end-to-end prototype of the system was built, and it worked.
PARC Plans Innovation for India
25 July 2016 | India Inc.
American Xerox company PARC has announced an agreement with Gurgaon-based Zinnov LLC to develop new technology and offer disruptive innovation expertise to businesses in India.
PARC seeks to combine its research-and-development platforms with Zinnov’s consulting and research services as part of the alliance. The MoU was signed by PARC subsidiary Xerox.
Using Big Healthcare Data to Accelerate Medical Discovery
19 July 2016 | CIO Review
by Marzieh Nabi, PARC
"The promise of big healthcare data is set to significantly pick up the pace, kicking off a new age of intelligent medicine,” says Marzieh Nabi, PARC Research Scientist and Technical Lead.
The Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings
15 July 2016 | Energy.Gov
Flexible Medical Device Manufacturing Developments
14 July 2016 | Solid State Technology
by Ed Korczynski
Bob Street, PARC Senior Research Fellow and Manager of the Printed Electronic Devices area, presented on printed hybrid arrays for health monitoring at SEMICON West 2016. “There are many and various ways that you can do health monitoring,” explained Street. “There will be sensors, and local electronics with amplifiers and logic and switches. One of the prime features of printing is that it is a versatile system for depositing different materials.”
Managing Complexity with 3D Printing (video)
13 July 2016
Janos Veres, Novel and Printed Electronics Program Lead at PARC, a Xerox Company, describes how the Xerox Innovation Group is working to improve production techniques for smart devices with 3D printing.
The Magic of Creating the Future (video)
8 July 2016
A philosophy running through Xerox is "the best way to predict the future is to invent it." PARC was established with the mission to create the office of the future. Laser printers, Ethernet, graphical user interfaces, digital telephones, and safe downloading of music and movies were some of the resulting innovations that have changed the way we work. We also partner with our customers to co-invent and rely on interdisciplinary research to innovate solutions.
The Future is Digitally Native (video)
7 July 2016
PARC CEO Stephen Hoover says Xerox knows the future of work revolves around digital natives who expect technology to help them get whatever they want done with as little friction as possible. Xerox takes an end-to-end view of the job you're doing and makes it natively digital. Natively digital means the materials originate in a digital form, not where digitization is an add-on after thought.
Mike Kuniavsky on the Mind Shift Needed to Design for Ecosystems (podcast)
The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Designing for IoT, service design, and predictive analytics
7 July 2016 | O’Reilly On Our Radar
by Mary Treseler
This Design Podcast features a conversation the author had with Mike Kuniavsky, a PARC user experience designer, research and author, about designing for the IoT, service design, and the mind shift needed to design for ecosystems.
PARC Launches Condition-Based Maintenance Platform
1 July 2016 | IOT Journal
PARC, a Xerox-owned technology-development company, has launched a platform to enable companies to monitor the health, safety and performance of their equipment. Called the Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) platform, it is a suite of software and hardware products that collect data from sensors and other sources and then process that information using such tools as machine diagnostics, machine learning and predictive analytics.
The Future of Human-Machine Culture Imagined At Robo Madness West
29 June 2016 | Xconomy
by Bernadette Tansey
Roboticists covered a sweeping range of topics at Xconomy’s annual Robo Madness West conference last week, from the ethics of artificial intelligence to the powerful impact of robots that have faces.
Already, the speed of decision-making in fields such as defense and finance exceeds human capacity, says Rob McHenry, vice president of public sector operations at Palo Alto, CA-based research services company PARC, a Xerox company. High-speed trading on stock exchanges requires artificial intelligence, he says. “We’re being forced to concede control.”
But so far, it’s still a human being who understands the context of the task and designs the strategies, McHenry says. “I’ve never seen a robot that can set its own objective.”
Smart Cities Improve the Health of Their Citizens
27 June 2016 | Forbes.com
by Mike Steep and Marzieh Nabi, PARC
Smart cities hold the promise to potentially make urban areas more efficient, more secure, and even more, um, health conscious?
Of course, the ultimate goal of any smart city is to improve urban infrastructures while minimizing costs, foster innovation in different industries, and improve the quality of life for its citizens. But, can smart cities actually improve our health?
Y Combinator's Xerox Alto: restoring the legendary 1970s GUI computer
Steve Jobs famously saw one and was inspired to create the Lisa, then the Mac
26 June 2016 | ars technica
by Ken Shirriff
The Alto was the first computer designed around a graphical user interface, and it introduced both Ethernet and the laser printer to the world. The laser printer was invented at Xerox by Gary Starkweather, and networked laser printers were soon in use with the Alto. Y Combinator's Alto is an "Orbit" model with slots for the four boards that drive the laser printer, laboriously rendering 16 rows of pixels at a time.
The Alto was also one of the first object-oriented systems, supporting the Mesa and Smalltalk languages. Designed by computer pioneer Chuck Thacker, the Alto was revolutionary when it came out in 1973.
26 June 2016 | EE Times Japan
PARC and Zinnov Partner to Help Indian Companies Innovate
22 June 2016 | PRNewswire
PARC, A Xerox company, and Zinnov LLC today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formalizing a comprehensive partnership to better serve and provide joint expertise to forward-looking Indian companies, and to leverage Silicon Valley's innovative research and development environment to create new technologies. PARC has more than four decades of experience in creating breakthrough technologies and Zinnov - a global technology and management consulting firm - has been a leading force in helping clients in new product research, driving innovation, and increasing revenue by leveraging global talent.
13 June 2016 | Wired Japan
by Akihico Mori
See a Demo of a New Laser Technology Developed by PARC
3 June 2016 | Periscope TV
At DRUPA 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Xerox Corporation demonstrated a late-stage customization printer that uses laser technology developed at PARC. This new laser technology, combined with laser-sensitive thermo-chromic inks, enables fast, high-quality printing of marking and coding information on various substrates — plastic boxes, corrugated boxes, PET labels, etc. — in a variety of ink colors, including white.
CCN Model Seen as Tool for Next-generation Telecom Networks
As telecom networks evolve in order to meet greater content demand, CCN architecture could prove an important model
31 May 2016 | RCR Wireless News
by Dan Mayer
According to PARC, which is a division of Xerox and began the initial project looking at CCN in 2007 under the guise of the Palo Alto Research Center: “CCN directly routes and delivers named pieces of content at the packet level of the network, enabling automatic and application-neutral caching in memory wherever it’s located in the network. The result? Efficient and effective delivery of content wherever and whenever it is needed….”
FlexTech Completes Flexible Hybrid Electronics Projects with ENrG, nScrypt, and PARC
11 May 2016 | FlexTech Alliance News
Using Big Healthcare Data to Accelerate Medical Discovery
9 May 2016 | CIO Review
by Marzieh Nabi, Research Scientist and Technical Lead, PARC
The process of medical discovery has historically been very slow and starts with a small set of observations and many pre-clinical and clinical trials on different patient population cohorts. … The promise of big healthcare data is set to significantly pick up the pace, kicking off a new age of intelligent medicine where information from different medical resources will become integrated.
Xerox Developing 3D Printed Electronics for Smart Devices
6 May 2016 | www.3ders.org
Xerox, the American business and technology corporation, is developing 3D printed circuit board technology for “smart devices” that can sense and interact with their environment. Janos Veres of PARC, A Xerox Company, just gave an update on the company’s progress.
End-to-end Encryption, Today -- Loophole Closed or Moved?
22 April 2016 | Infosec Island
by Vanishree Rao
Instant messaging is a big part of today’s digitally connected era, and there are a plethora of instant messaging apps, offering various features. Security, especially because of the latest developments with the Apple “back door” discussion, has become critical for these apps. The top apps with vaunted security features include iMessage and Snapchat. Despite the attention that app developers bestow on security, these apps possess vulnerability that is fairly easy to exploit.
Drastic disruptions are underway in the energy market
22 April 2016 | Tech Crunch
by Scott Elrod
It’s 6AM and I’m rolling out of bed. But before my feet hit the floor, my “home energy management agent” is negotiating with the California Independent System Operator (ISO), the nerve center controlling the flow of electricity on the grid.
Normally, I’d get my coffee first and then jump in the shower. But my personal agent has alerted me to the fact that a hair-trigger condition has developed! There is a hydro plant in the Sierras getting ready to ramp up production to meet the morning demand. I’ve already told my agent that it’s OK to request that I rearrange my schedule in modest ways, so it’s concluded that if I (and enough other homeowners!) can hold back on energy consumption for 10 more minutes, the hydro turbines won’t need to open, and the reservoir won’t need to be drained further.
Why Big Data Needs a Unified Theory of Everything
9 April 2016 | Venture Beat
by Marzieh Nabi, PARC
As I learned from my work in flight dynamics, to keep an airplane flying safely, you have to predict the likelihood of equipment failure. And today we do that by combining various data sets with real-world knowledge, such as the laws of physics.
Integrating these two sets of information — data and human knowledge — automatically is a relatively new idea and practice. It involves combining human knowledge with a multitude of data sets via data analytics and artificial intelligence to potentially answer critical questions (such as how to cure a specific type of cancer). As a systems scientist who has worked in areas such as robotics and distributed autonomous systems, I see how this integration has changed many industries. And I believe there is a lot more we can do.
Cities Create Their Own, Greener Transit Apps
In an effort to help people become less car-dependent, cities like Denver are getting directly involved in the certain of transportation apps.
8 April 2016 | GOVERNING
by Daniel C. Vock
To encourage people to use different modes to navigate the Mile High City, Denver worked with Xerox to create a smartphone app that lets users evaluate all their options and compare the time it takes to use one of those options with another.
With China Faltering, Bay Area Poised to Grow High-tech Manufacturing
5 April 2016 | San Francisco Business Times
by Chris Rauber
A report by the Council's Economic Institute touts California's growing manufacturing sector — especially in beverages, fabricated metals, machinery, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment and supplies — and suggests ways to make its growth more robust.
Xerox Could Blow Open Concentrating Solar Power Field With New Printer
5 April 2016 | CleanTechnica
by Tina Casey
Concentrating solar tech has been getting the stinkeye from some industry observers, with the main beefs being high complexity and high costs compared to conventional solar panels. Nevertheless, the US Energy Department has made a national showpiece out of five gigantic utility-scale thermal solar power plants, and last year the agency threw some grant dollars at Xerox’ cutting edge PARC company to work on the micro-scale, photovoltaic end of the concentrating solar field. The PARC micro-scale concentrating solar project aims at whittling down both the cost and complexity of concentrating solar power, by integrating tiny hexagonal solar elements directly into a flat panel.
Xerox PARC Working on Cheaper Photovoltaics
30 March 2016 | Energy Manager Today
by Carl Weinschenk
The MIT Technology Review reports that researchers at Xerox PARC are working on a digital printing process that could reduce the cost of mass producing concentrated photovoltaic systems. The process could increase efficiency dramatically by using lenses to concentrate the light onto small cells in the panel.
Solar energy is growing in low- and middle-income communities, according to GreenBiz. The organization cites a study from Kevala Research to make the claim.
A Xerox Machine for Super Solar Panels
Researchers at PARC are working on a way to cheaply print efficient solar cells at a large scale
25 March 2016 | MIT Technology Review
by Mike Orcutt
Google Maps Update is Giving Uber Competition
But in North America, it’s still just Uber
16 March 2016 | Fortune
by Kirsten Korosec
Smaller competitors to Google’s navigation app are also vying to become one-stop platforms for how people get around. Xerox, better known for making copies than cars, has developed software designed to make travel in and around Los Angeles, easier, cheaper, and faster.
Xerox’s platform powers an Android and iOS app called GoLA, which was introduced in January by the city of Los Angeles. The app includes shows users every transportation option, including local taxi cab companies, ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber, car-sharing service Zipcar, city and county mass transit, smart parking app ParkWhiz, and an online-pre-booking travel service Flitways,. It also shows users how many calories are burned using the various combinations of transportation. But unlike the new Google Maps tab, users of the Go LA app can’t compare fares between ride-sharing competitors.
L.A.’s Testing Ground for Transportation Efficiency
The city is at the forefront of the emerging concept of mobility management
16 March 2016 | Governing
by Stephen Goldsmith
Los Angeles is anticipating a big population increase, with an accompanying surge in road use and demand for transit, over the next decade. The city is responding by taking on a new posture for transportation according to Ashley Hand, transportation technology strategist fellow at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. "We are looking to make the role of the city that of a balancer, the facilitator of transit services, that ensures there will be equitable distribution and affordable options for community members," she says. ...the city just announced a partnership with Xerox for the creation of "Go LA," an app that will collate both public and private transit options.
5 Things You Need to Know About the State of Energy Innovation
Highlights from the 2016 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
15 March 2016 | City of Fremont, California
by Christina Briggs
The IoT “revolution" is making energy democracy a reality. Kicking off the Summit, Xerox CTO Dr. Sophie Vandebroek gave an impassioned speech about the importance of democratizing energy — increasing competition and providing people with greater choice for energy sources. Through its Silicon Valley research institute, PARC, Xerox is working toward commercial applications in gas monitoring systems (preventing methane leaks), sensor technologies to improve battery stability, and mobility marketplace tools.
PARC Stays Close to the Future
25 February 2016 | Forbes/Leadership
by Jonathan Salem Baskin, Contributor
Xerox founded its PARC research center during the sales heyday of its eponymous paper copiers, and tasked it with inventing “the office of the future.” Its location in Palo Alto, far away from corporate headquarters in an Internet-less era of expensive toll calls, is often cited as a mistake that kept it from commercializing every discovery.
“No, we went where the people were,” answered Steve Hoover, PARC’s CEO, noting that physical and psychological distance meant its innovators weren’t bound to big company thinking or definitions of success, too.
“PARC was about how digital would change the nature of work, and those skills were emergent on the West Coast.”
Last Year’s Holiday Data Can Help Retailers in 2016
23 February 2016 | Total Retail
by Peter Paul, PARC Principal Scientist
Many lessons can be gleaned from analyzing data collected at the register as well as using new tools such as video analytics. Combining different types of data can provide a more holistic view of brick-and-mortar shopping, as well as offer actionable insights on how retailers can create shopping experiences that earn new customers and preserve existing ones.
Self-destructing, Vanishing Electronics on the Way
1 February 2016 | Military Embedded Systems
by Sally Cole
This App Hopes to Help You Outsmart L.A. Traffic Jams
GoLA links all your transit options together and tells you which one works best
1 February 2016 | The Atlantic's City Lab
by Natalie Delgadillo
GoLA, a recently-launched mobile app that aims to reduce the number of cars on the street and shift the way L.A. residents think about commuting. The app links various transportation options, including biking, public transit, ride-hailing, and driving, and then allows users to compare each method to see which is the fastest, cheapest, or greenest.
“We’re trying to make [commuters] aware of things like tracking their carbon footprint and calories burned,” David Cummins, the senior vice president for mobility solutions at Xerox, says. “We want to help people see that maybe getting around town isn’t all about getting from Point A to Point B in the quickest way possible. Mobility can be fun. It can be a good way to get a workout; it can have a social aspect if you want it to.”
Los Angeles Has Invented the Multimodal Navigation App of My Dreams
1 February 2016 | Gizmodo
by Alissa Walker
Xerox Built the Ultimate Transportation App for Los Angeles
28 January 2016 | Fortune
by Kirsten Karosec
Commuters looking to get around Los Angeles typically have two unappealing choices: endure a soul-sucking drive in stop-and-go traffic, or traverse a convoluted mix of public transit, taxis, and ride-hailing services. The second largest metro area in the U.S. has some of the worst traffic congestion in the country, a problem that is magnified by its sprawling footprint.
But of all the companies that could have broken the city’s epic gridlock, Xerox—better known for making copies than counting cars—has developed a software platform designed to make travel in and around Los Angeles, easier, cheaper, and faster. Xerox’s new platform powers an Android and iOS app called Go LA, which was launched this week by the city of Los Angeles.
Xerox PARC Pioneer Among Tech Folk Recogised on Australia Day
IT figures honored
27 January 2016 | CRN
by June Ramli
CSIRO research fellow Craig Mudge received the Officer for the Order of Australia (AO) for his work in science, particularly through pioneering initiatives in the information technology sector as a researcher, author and a mentor of young scientists.
Mudge was founder and CEO of Austek Microsystems, which was spun out of CSIRO’s microelectronics research group. The company's signal processing chips formed the basis of CSIRO’s wireless LAN patent.
He also worked in Silicon Valley as director of the famous Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC) computer science lab.
Today Every Company Must be a Service Provider and a Software Company
12 January 2016 | Innovation Excellence
by Paul Sloane
The Internet of Things (IOT) will have a dramatic impact on product and service innovation. Gartner group forecast that the number of wirelessly connected products will increase from 5 billion today to 21 billion by 2020 (not including smartphones or computers). Everyday objects from kettles to T-shirts will have sensors that can detect when, where and how they are used.
Stephen Hoover, CEO of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) puts it this way, "I can instrument and understand what my customers are doing with my products across the world. I can understand if those devices starting to fail. I can understand the environment they’re in and adapt their behavior to be responsive to the local environment."
Stanford Researchers Create Artificial Skin That Senses Touch (video)
11 January 2016 | abc7news.com
by Tim Didion
Biochemistry professor Zhenan Bao, Ph. D., leads the project. She said what’s new is a system developed by Xerox, which allowed her team to print flexible circuits evenly across a large area and mimic the nerve pathways in the skin.
Xerox PARC, NRI Enter Data Analytics, Info Security R&D Partnership
11 January 2016 | ExecutiveBiz
by Jane Edwards
DARPA Picks 10 to Build Nano-based Products
7 January 2016 | Defense Systems
by George Leopold
Ten research organizations have been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop technologies and processes for assembling nano-scale building blocks for materials and millimeter-scale components.
DARPA announced the awards at the end of December under its "Atoms to Products" (A2P) initiative designed to leverage unique "atomic-scale" characteristics like much lower melting points and greater heat resistance.
Boston University, Notre Dame, HRL and PARC form a working group on optical meta-material assembly. One initiative calls for Boston University researchers to develop a technique to "spray paint" atoms with nano-scale precision to build tunable optical meta-materials for the "photonic battlefield."
FEDC and PARC Develop World’s Largest Flexible X-ray Detector
The prototype uses a-Si technologies on a flexible substrate and the flexible x-ray sensor was coupled to a tablet device for control and image viewing
7 January 2016 | The OSA DIRECT Newsletter
The Flexible Electronics and Display Center (FEDC) and PARC recently announced that they have successfully manufactured what they claim to be the world's largest flexible x-ray detector prototypes using advanced thin film transistors (TFTs) - based on a-Si technology.
World’s Largest Flexible X-ray Detector
31 December 2015 | Printed Electronics WORLD
The Death of American Research and Development
21 December 2015 | Fortune
by Chris Matthews
Americans are still fascinated by the centralized research programs of yore, like AT&T’s Bell Labs or the Xerox PARC laboratory, whose scientists’ work won Nobel Prizes and led to revolutionary inventions such as the transistor and the computer mouse. … With America’s economic rivals—in particular, China—showing no letup in their willingness to boost research and development, it may just be time to stop listening to investors betting on the short term and reignite the American love affair with corporate science. “If we don’t do the basic research,” says Marc Kastner, president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, “other countries will.”