PARC’s Latest Invention: Circuits That “Explode” on Demand (video)
Robert Scoble Learns About Transient Electronics
8 October 2015
by Robert Scoble
Greg Whiting, material scientist and Manager of PARC's Novel Electronics Area, gives an overview of PARC’s work in novel electronics, and describes and demonstrates one example of it: turning stable electronics into triggerable transient electronics.
The Building That Changed the World (video)
Robert Scoble’s Tour of PARC's Lobby Exhibit
8 October 2015
by Robert Scoble
Anna Enerio, PARC Director of Marketing, gives a tour of five areas of PARC’s past, present and future:
Personalized Computing, Making Things, Connecting You, Optimizing Our World, and Powering Your Clean Future.
Fiber-Optic Sensors Enable Smart Battery Charge Management
7 October 2015 | Electronic Design
by James Morra
In the pursuit of more efficient and low-cost designs, a growing number of battery storage devices are turning to embedded fiber-optic sensors and machine learning to optimize the main battery charge. PARC is partnering with LG Chem Power Inc. to develop such a battery management system, with an initial focus on lithium-ion battery packs used in hybrid and electric (xEV) vehicles.
The Smart Embedded Network of Sensors with Optical Readout (SENSOR) is capable of monitoring cell degradation and health information (SoX), in addition to predicting remaining battery life. During initial validation, the system demonstrated “2.5% or better SOX accuracy across various xEV use-cases” at both the cell and module levels, explains Ajay Raghavan, research area manager at PARC and the principal investigator of the technology.
This Computer Chip Will Self-Destruct in 5 Seconds
6 October 2015 | Live Science
by Tia Ghose, Senior Writer
PARC materials scientist Greg Whiting said his team was initially inspired to make self-destructing electronics that could be built with off-the-shelf products. The researchers considered a number of methods of destruction, from vaporization to dissolving, but "we approached this from the idea of, 'Could we take an off-the-shelf chip, if you like, and, without doing too much to it, could we make it become transient?'"
Open Innovation: What Organizations Should be Doing About and Thinking About
27 September 2015 | Forbes / Leadership
by Jacob Morgan, Contributor
PARC CEO Steve Hoover offers his perspectives about open innovation on this episode of "The Future of Work" podcast. He discusses the whats and whys of open innovation and what forward-thinking companies need to be doing. He also describes what PARC’s “Business of Breakthroughs” encompasses, some of its current research and how it envisions the future, and how to create partnerships to accomplish open innovation. The conversation offers Hoover’s personal approach as well as his business approach.
Fiber Sensor Systems for Automotive Applications (video)
An optically based smart monitoring system prototype for battery packs promises better range and greater efficiency for electric vehicles.
23 September 2015 | SPIE.TV
PARC Principal Scientist Peter Kiesel
describes fiber sensor systems for automotive applications.
Under the ARPA-E Advanced Management and Protection of Energy-Storage Devices (AMPED) program for advanced battery management systems, PARC, a Xerox company, and LG Chem Power (LGCPI) are developing SENSOR (Smart Embedded Network of Sensors with an Optical Readout), an optically based smart monitoring system prototype for battery packs. The system will use fiber optic sensors embedded inside Lithium-ion battery cells to measure parameters indicative of cell state online, such as state-of-charge (SOC) and state-of-health (SOH).
The team has already presented exciting results achieved over the project's first half focused on cell-level state features detectable, initial SOX algorithm development, low-cost optical readout development, and early validation test results at SPIE DSS 2015 and elsewhere.
We’re on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants
16 September 2015 | Wired
by David Pierce
At the time of Steve Jobs’ visit [to Xerox PARC in 1979], a separate team at PARC was working on a completely different model of human-computer interaction, today called the conversational user interface. These scientists envisioned a world, probably decades away, in which computers would be so powerful that requiring users to memorize a special set of commands or workflows for each action and device would be impractical. They imagined that we would instead work collaboratively with our computers, engaging in a running back-and-forth dialog to get things done. The interface would be ordinary human language.
... Nearly every major tech company—from Amazon to Intel to Microsoft to Google—is chasing the sort of conversational user interface that Kaplan and his colleagues at PARC imagined decades ago.
Talking to the IoT
When our stuff speaks to us, we exchange more than ideas.
16 September 2015 | O’Reilly Radar
by Kyle Dent
People are really good at talking to each other. That shouldn’t be too surprising. Conversation among human beings has evolved over a very long period of time — and now we’re starting to talk to our stuff, and in some cases, it’s talking back.
DARPA’s VAPR Program: 'Like Snapchat for Hardware’
14 September 2015 | FedScoop
by Greg Otto
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Vanishing Programmable Resources Program — known as VAPR — aims to give people the ability to destroy hardware in information systems once they reach their end of life.
Teams from the Palo Alto Research Center, which is working on the project, demonstrated how they could smash chips with lasers. Greg Whiting with PARC told FedScoop the laser did not provide the energy to break the glass, but served as a logical signal to tell the glass to shatter. “We separate the trigger from the actual method of triggering. You can pick any method of trigger signaling that should be possible. The energy to trigger is coming from a resistive heater on the device. The signal to tell that resistive heater to heat up can come from anything. It could be a coil, a chip, an RF signal that could be connected to anything from a chemical sensor or a Web application.”
Why We Should Design Our Computer Chips to Self-Destruct
Scientists at Xerox PARC have developed a computer chip that can self-destruct on command.
13 September 2015 | Christian Science Monitor
by Jessica Mendoza
You can’t steal what isn’t there.
That’s the idea behind superspy Ethan Hunt’s legendary self-destructing tapes in the “Mission: Impossible” movies, and now the concept is coming to life: Engineers at Xerox PARC have developed a chip that explodes into tiny, irreparable pieces upon command.
As digital technology evolves and grows dependent on increasingly accessible data, privacy advocates have raised the question of how to protect personal information and maintain obscurity. The result has been a growing interest in self-destructing or transient technology, which some experts say could play a key role in securing sensitive data in the future.
Palo Alto Research Center’s Scott Elrod: Patents, Quakers and Elephant Seals (pdf)
Scott Elrod of PARC discusses science, spirituality and wildlife
11 September 2015 | Silicon Valley Business Journal
by Leia Parker, Managing Editor
Elrod is a deep thinker, interested in the physical world as well as philosophy and spirituality. While at Stanford, he and a colleague hosted seminars with guest speakers who discussed the “alignment or misalignment of science and religion, and how they interrelated."
At PARC, Elrod is working on developing co-extrusion printing for batteries after delivering that technology to SolarWorld for solar cells, he said. He’s optimistic that the technology could enable longer range for electric vehicles and possibly better storage for the electricity grid.
You Can’t Steal Data From a Chip That’s Self-Destructed
11 September 2015 | Gizmodo
by Andrew Liszewski
Losing a flash drive full of family photos is unfortunate; losing an encryption key that gives access to sensitive data could be a catastrophe. So researchers at Xerox's PARC have developed chips that can self-destruct on command, making them completely unusable once they shatter.
Xerox PARC’s New Chip Will Self Destruct in 10 Seconds
The chip breaks apart on command and was developed under DARPA
10 September 2015 | PCWorld
by Martyn Williams
The chip, developed as part of DARPA’s vanishing programmable resources project, could be used to store data such as encryption keys and, on command, shatter into thousands of pieces so small, reconstruction is impossible.
It was demonstrated at DARPA’s Wait, What? event in St. Louis.
“The applications we are interested in are data security and things like that,” said Gregory Whiting, a senior scientist at PARC in Palo Alto, California. “We really wanted to come up with a system that was very rapid and compatible with commercial electronics.”
CASE 2015 Announces Award Recipients
PARC Scientists Win the Best Application Paper Award at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
31 August 2015 | IEEE Robotics & Information Society
The paper, titled “Automatic Spatial Planning for Machining Operations,” summarizes the latest integrated implementation of uFab by PARC. The award is in recognition of a paper for the best applied advances in engineering science towards high-impact application.
DOE Attempts to Jump-Start Concentrated Solar
Researchers seek breakthroughs for a technology designed to make solar more efficient
26 August 2015 | Technology Review
by Richard Martin
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced new funding for concentrated solar photovoltaic projects.
Awarded under ARPA-E’s Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAID) program, the money will go to 11 projects at 10 organizations, including MIT, Xerox PARC, Texas A&M, and the solar manufacturer Semprius.
Trying to Break the U.S. Energy System for Its Own Good
ARPA-E is trying to shake up the 100-year-old U.S. energy system
19 August 2015 | Bloomberg
by Eric Roston
Lithium-ion batteries, which power computers and electric vehicles, are too heavy, expensive, and wasteful. That's a particularly big problem when it comes to packing many batteries into something small like a car. The units are pressed together, cell by cell, which makes individual components difficult to monitor and manage...
PARC is embedding fiber optic sensors into batteries to measure their temperatures and the strains that come as they expand and contract during use.
Printing Flexible Lithium-Ion Batteries
Materials: A solid, printable electrolyte enables lithium-ion batteries to take many shapes
12 August 2015 | Chemical & Engineering News
by Katherine Bourzac
Solid-state batteries that use solid electrolytes could be printed to fit a particular device shape and would give designers more room to play. So far, though, there aren’t any solid-state lithium-ion batteries on the market, says Corie Cobb of PARC, a research company owned by Xerox, in Palo Alto, Calif., who is not involved in the new work.
A Scientific Smartphone Tool for Personalized Health
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and PARC use predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to develop tailored, health interventions for personalized wellness
24 July 2015 | National Science Foundation
With support from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Health program, researchers from CMU and PARC are using artificial intelligence and predictive models to develop mobile health tools to maximize engagement in personalized, healthy lifestyles. The mobile platform the researchers have developed, called Fittle, integrates sensor technology, cognitive tutoring, and evidence-based social design for interventions that promote health.
PARC and LG Chem Power Advance Development of SENSOR to Improve Battery Performance
14 July 2015 | The Battery Show News
PARC, a Xerox company, has announced the final stages of development with LG Chem Power, having successfully transitioned to module-level testing of SENSOR, a next-generation fiber-optic sensing battery management system, with specific initial focus on hybrid and electric vehicles (xEVs).
The SENSOR system uses PARC’s compact wavelength-shift detection technology, along with its machine learning and sensor network expertise for effective real-time performance management and optimized battery design to enable cheaper, lighter and more reliable battery packs. Capabilities range from accurately inferring cell state and health information to predicting remaining life. The resulting commercial xEV-grade battery module with embedded optical sensors and readout unit will undergo industry-standard validation.
PARC to Supply Plastic Electronic Methane Sensors for BP
A project for developing low-cost printed electronic gas sensors to monitor the presence of methane has been announced by Xerox’s California-based future technologies division PARC
2 July 2015 | +Plastic Electronics
by John Nelson
The System of Printed Hybrid Intelligent Nano-Chemical Sensors (SPHINCS) is receiving public funding from the US Department of Energy (DoE). The DoE is keen to evolve the technology as methane is a potent greenhouse gas.
A 2013 senate report estimated that in 2011, 69 billion cubic feet (2 million cubic metres) of natural gas were being lost annually from the US’s aging pipeline network. The cost of this was calculated to be over $20 billion.
PARC Materials Scientists Print Two Thirds of a Battery in 1 Go
The method squeezes out multiple parts at once—like striped toothpaste from the tube
15 June 2015 | Scientific American
by Katherine Bourzac
Printing batteries is the future of sustainable energy, according to engineers at PARC, the renowned California-based research and development company owned by Xerox. They recently debuted a cost-saving manufacturing process that could someday squeeze out all the parts of a battery at once—like striped toothpaste from the tube.
Designing for Ecosystems: Making Meaningful IoT Products and Services
Mike Kuniavsky on PARC’s work on IoT and the mindset shift the IoT will require
19 May 2015 | O’Reilly Radar
by Mary Treseler
"The Innovation Services Group is essentially PARC’s consulting arm. ... We mostly work with Fortune 50 companies. A lot of what we do is essentially reduce the risk of adopting novel technologies through the use of user experience design and ethnography, and an innovation strategy. These days, a lot of that is in the form of looking at things that are broadly in the Internet of Things."
Stephen Hoover, CEO OF PARC, says manufacturing is being radically disrupted
Opportunity for New Types of Jobs to be Created Due to Innovations in Additive Manufacturing, Design and Funding
28 April 2015 | Industrial Research Institute
Seattle, WA (April 28, 2015)—The democratization of manufacturing is well underway. Strong early indicators, including new funding models, 3D printing, and manufacturing software tools, will radically change the way people and companies manufacture (e.g. “make”) goods. Products can be made—with a very customizable and personal approach—without the need for teams of human experts in the immediate area, and with little to no manufacturing expertise, says Stephen Hoover, CEO of PARC. In his keynote address at this morning’s Industrial Research Institute’s (IRI) 2015 Annual Meeting, Hoover explained how these important shifts in the way things are made carry significant potential to alter the way manufacturing is handled worldwide. The democratizing trend, he claims, will create new types of jobs in the manufacturing sector, ultimately shifting the global manufacturing economy.
How the "Internet of Everyday Things" could turn any product into a service
7 February 2015 | Venture Beat
by Lawrence Lee
"Imagine a near future where there will be a wireless sensor on the bottom of every shampoo, detergent, and medication container. It will tell you how much product is left and trigger a replacement order once it gets to 10% full or approaches its expiration date.
Now imagine a future laundry detergent dispenser that is connected wirelessly to sensors in the washing machine and can mix multiple channels of active ingredients dynamically to suit the conditions of the wash and optimize the cleaning process."
Mobility as a Service: Turning Transportation to a Software Industry
13 December 2014 | Venture Beat
by Christian Fritz
"It’s the future. You have just bought your first fully autonomous car and let it drive you to work this morning. It was a little scary at first, but you forgot about the lack of a driver quickly, and now you are at your office.
What is the car doing right now? Right, it is sitting in the parking lot, doing nothing other than perhaps charging. What a waste! So you decide to let your car act as a cab when you are not using it. You don’t want to run a cab business, you just want to reduce the cost of car ownership, so your outsource the job to a cab service. Only, you’re not the only one thinking like this. Everyone’s got their car moonlighting as a cab. There is an over-supply, and no one’s making much money."
Chips off the Old Block
Borrowing from photocopier technology, researchers find a way to make an electronics printer
6 December 2014 | The Economist
by Paul Markillie
"PRINTING has come a long way since Johannes Gutenberg perfected the commerical use of the printing press around 1439. Since then, movable type has given way to other processes, such as lithography and screen printing. In the digital era, laser, and inkjet printers arrived. Then 3D printers emerged to make solid objects by building up layers of material. What would be nice is a machine that could also print the electronics that go into devices. Now one group of researchers has succeeded in demonstrating how just such a machine might work."
Printer bandaids will pump meds and keep tabs on your health
Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) foresees a future in which printed tech could improve healthcare
3 October 2014 | Stuff
by Erna Mahyuni
"Imagine this scenario: instead of IV drips, you could just stick on a patch to have meds delivered into your system. That's the kind of future PARC (Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center) envisions.
Printed tech is something that PARC's team is workign on right now, with small smart patches that will work to both monitor health parameters and deliver medications. It would help in monitoring patients, along with treament and diagnostics, and definitely be a more comfortable option for patients. The less needles the better, we say."
Printed Tech Envisions Personalized Monitoring and Treatment Devices
PARC’s printable tech department shares plans to make a patch that measures health or delivers medication that can be applied to the skin like a BandAid
1 October 2014 | PSFK
by Leo Lutero
"PARC recently discussed its vision of the future with printalbe tech and it intends to lead the way by creating small smart patches. These miniature wearable devices will either monitor health parameters or deliver medication in controlled doses to the user.
The patch should be able to help in the diagnostics, monitoring and treatment for a patient."
The Future Smart City Will Be Built Around You and the Internet of You
22 September 2014 | Forbes.com
by Mike Steep
Pssshhhhhtttt. Like a shot of steam in your morning latte, the sound of train doors opening injects vitality into any urban commute. But imagine that at 7:18am on Monday in the London Underground the red doors stay opena dn quiet, and stay, and stay...
How to Create Innovation Cultures That Keep Working
3 September 2014 | Forbes Leadership
by Mike Steep
This article is by Mike Steep, senior vice president of global business operations at PARC and distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford University.
"Americans are innovative almost by nature. We grow up with lemonade stands, Shark Tank, and Kickstarter projects. Our national identity is built in part on bootstrapping and experimentation. We’re indoctrinated early with the twin beliefs that each of us holds the seeds of invention and that a good idea can come from anywhere.
And that’s a big problem for corporate culture. Because innovation is the water we swim in, we tend to believe that once we’ve created a functioning culture of innovation, it will sustain itself naturally.
It won’t. Like every other part of a successful business, a culture has to be continually managed, refreshed, and refocused."
PARC's technique of mincing chips into printer ink could revolutionize the way electronics are made
8 August 2014 | MIT Technology Review
by David Talbot
"In the same research lab where the ethernet, laser printer, and graphical user interface were born, engineers are forging an entirely new way to assemble electronic devices—a technique that could be faster, cheaper, and more versatile.
Typically, chips are made in bulk on semiconductor wafers and then cut into individual units and placed on motherboards inside computers and other devices. But researchers at PARC, in Palo Alto, California, envision doing something different with the wafers: chopping them up into hairs-width “chiplets,” mixing them into an ink, and guiding the tiny pieces electrostatically to just the right spot and orientation on a substrate, from which a roller could pick them up and print them."
Study: Smart Robots are coming for (some of) our jobs
How robots and artificial intelligence will shape our future
6 August 2014 | Fast Company
by Chris Gayomali
A new study by Pew Internet Research takes a hard look at how innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence will impact the future of work. To reach their conclusions, Pew researchers invited 12,000 experts (academics, researchers, technologists, and the like) to answer two basic questions:
- Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025?
- To what degree will AI and robotics be parts of the ordinary landscape of the general population by 2025?
Close to 1,900 experts responded. About half (48%) of the people queried envision a future in which machines have displaced both blue- and white-collar jobs. It won't be so dissimilar from the fundamental shift we saw in manufacturing, in which fewer (human) bosses oversaw automated assembly lines. What careers are most in danger? X-ray technicians, legal clerks, and news writer jobs were among those mentioned--essentially anything that requires routine decision-making is in danger of becoming automated. (The Associated Press, for example, is already experimenting with having machines write short business stories.) Careers requiring creativity, empathy, critical thinking, and judgment calls, on the other hand, were thought to be safer from being taken by machines.
ARPA-E Announces 13 New Projects at New York Energy Week
Agency's $33 Million "REBELS" Program to Develop Innovative Technologies for Distributed Generation
19 June 2014 | ARPA E
New York, NY – Today at New York Energy Week, ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin announced $33 million in funding for 13 new projects aimed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. The projects, which are funded through ARPA-E’s new Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, are focused on improving grid stability, balancing intermittent renewable technologies, and reducing CO2 emissions using electrochemical distributed power generation systems.
“These 13 REBELS projects are an excellent example of how ARPA-E is developing innovative technology options to transform and modernize America’s evolving electric grid,” said Acting Director Martin. “Distributed generation technologies like these could fundamentally change the way America generates and stores energy.”
Find information on all 13 projects HERE.
New Technology could Identify and Sort Aluminum Scrap
15 June 2014 | Scrap
Did you ever wish there were a fast, easy, and cost-effective way to sort high-grade aluminum from lower grades in mixed scrap? Well so does the U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, D.C.), which gave PARC, a research subsidiary of Xerox Corp. in Palo Alto, Calif., a $1 million grant to develop new technology to identify aluminum types—along with magnesium and titanium—in metal scrap in a high-speed, reliable way that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
The Energy Department devised the grant program because it thinks too much post-consumer scrap aluminum is being exported when it could be used in the United States for manufacturing lighter vehicles that save fuel and reduce carbon emissions, for example. In 2013, 3,480,000 mt of aluminum was recovered in the United States, and 1,872,000 mt was exported, according to estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey (Reston, Va.), the U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington, D.C.), and ISRI. But the problem, as many recyclers know, is that it can be challenging to identify and remove aluminum when it’s mixed with lower grades of scrap. Enter PARC, which was already working on such technology and is eager to apply it to the scrap recycling industry.
Turning the Corner to Manufacturing's Wide Open Future in Wearable Electronics
12 June 2014 | Advanced Manufacturing Insight
by Ryan Brinks
High-tech challenges and opportunities await. And while manufacturers are a step ahead of the public, they too are wrestling with what exactly that near future will look like.
On the heels of pioneering electronic wearables like the Google Glass eyewear, Fitbit physical activity bands and Pebble smartwatches are legions of ideas hoping to discover the market’s sweet spot.
One company at the center of industry collaboration envisions smart bandages that monitor people’s health, diagnose their issues and even treat their illnesses.
Menlo Park vs. Xerox PARC
A Century may divide the two, but these powerhouse innovation factories have lots in common
10 June 2014 | The Henry Ford
by Jeffrey Philips
History, Mark Twain said, doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme. Where innovation is concerned, it seems we constantly rediscover what has worked in the past and return to those models to innovate for the future. That's why it's not a stretch to compare Xerox PARC (where the personal computer was born and Bob Metcalfe invented Ethernet in the 1970s) and the Menlo Park laboratory from almost a century before (where Thomas Edison "toyed" with this notion of electricity and hundreds of other ideas).
FlexTech Project to Print Functional Devices Completed
3 June 2014 | PCB Design
Among the principal challenges facing developers is transitioning printed electronics research conducted in a laboratory to meet the demands of large-scale production. To better understand and address these issues, Clemson University and PARC, a Xerox company, collaborated and recently completed a FlexTech Alliance-funded project to investigate the scaling up and printing of functional devices on a commercial printing press. This project focused on the gravure printing process.
PARC Partners With Seattle B2B Startup Accelerator 9Mile Labs
2 April 2014 | Xconomy
by Benjamin Romano
Nine Seattle-based startup companies will have access to mentoring, technology, intellectual property, and other assistance from the storied Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Silicon Valley through a partnership between the Xerox subsidiary and business-to-business startup accelerator 9Mile Labs.
You'll hardly notice the next generation of wearable tech
11 March 2014 | The Conversation
by Nick Dalton
On a trip to Germany, David Cameron has announced £45 million to prompt a “new industrial revolution” based on the internet of things. This marks the beginning of a new era for computing and for wearable technologies. We are entering the age of calm computing and devices that truly help us live. And they’ll be a lot more subtle than a computer stuck to your glasses.
Wearable technology has been the main feature of every technology trade show this year. Google has led the pack with Google Glass and Samsung is already on its second generation smartwatch in competition with smaller startups such as Pebble.
All of these technologies were predicted back in the 1990s by a researcher called Mark Weiser, then chief technology officer at Xerox Palo Alto research centre. And it’s to Weiser we can look when we think about what is going to happen next.
Xerox PARC originally came up with the interface we use on most computers that combines mouse, window and menu, as well as Ethernet, the thick cable your desktop computer might be still attached to today. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, under then-director Alan Kay, PARC developed a vision of Dynabook, which is a good blueprint for today’s iPad and Android tablets.
Just the Ticket
Smart labels: The 40-year-old barcode has a new, more intelligent rival that can store information, display and transmit it
8 March 2014 | The Economist
IN JUNE 1974 history was made at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio, with a ten-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. It was the first time a commercial item bearing a Universal Product Code (UPC) was scanned by a cashier at the checkout. Forty years on, what became known as a barcode has transformed the world of commerce by providing reliable product identification, tracking and pricing. Nearly everything now comes with a barcode.
As revolutionary as it was, the barcode has limited abilities. It can impart only the information it was printed with, represented by a series of horizontal stripes or a matrix pattern that can be read by an optical device, like a laser. The next generation of labelling will be more adept, containing tiny printable electronics able to generate, store and share information. These smart labels are about to become a big part of “the internet of things”.
PARC Sees Opportunities for Printed Electronics
27 February 2014 | Printed Electronics Now
by David Savastano
Since it was founded in 1970 by Xerox Corporation, the Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, has played a key role in changing the way people live. Considering the everyday items that PARC had a hand in inventing - laser printing, liquid crystal displays (LCD), graphical user interface and the Ethernet to name but a few – PARC is in a unique position to develop new innovations.
The fact that PARC is heavily interested in the field of printed electronics (PE) is of note, as the independent institute - it spun out of Xerox in 2002 - has a history of success. The company has been interested in the potential of thin film electronics, developing printed thin-film transistors utilizing amorphous silicon on flexible substrates as early as 1983, and created some of the first plastic semiconductors in 2003.
Leon Wong, PARC director, market strategy, noted that PARC has formed partnerships in a number of markets where PE can play a role.
How Big Data Could Help the U.S. Predict the Next Snowden?
12 February 2014 | DefenseOne
by Patrick Tucker
"National Intelligence Director James Clapper, at Tuesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, asserted (again) that malevolent insiders with access to top secret material, like Edward Snowden, constituted a top threat to our nation’s national security. The lawmakers agreed and pressed Clapper to explain how he was changing the practices within his office and across the intelligence community to prevent another Snowden-scale data breach. One key step that Clapper outlined: our nation’s top intelligence folks will become subject to much more surveillance in the future.
Oliver Brdiczka, a researcher at PARC, and several of his colleagues have set up a number of experiments to observe potential insider threat behavior in closed online environments. In the first of these [PDF], Brdiczka looked at the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft. The game, which allows users to build characters, join large organizations called guilds, and go on missions and assignments, has been in the news a bit recently after the Snowden leaks revealed that the NSA had been listening in on chat room conversations between World of Warcraft players in the hopes of catching potential terrorists."
US Military Funds Mission Impossible "vanishing" tech
The US military is funding a project to develop electronics that can self-destruct like the secret messages in the Mission Impossible TV show.
7 February 2014 | BBC News Technology
Darpa, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has awarded computing giant IBM a $3.5m (£2.1m) contract to work on its Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) project.
It is looking to develop a class of "transient" electronics that can be destroyed by remote control.
The kit could be used in combat zones.
IBM's proposal involves the use of a radio frequency trigger that could shatter a glass coating on a silicon chip and turn it into powder.
"A trigger, such as a fuse or a reactive metal layer will be used to initiate shattering, in at least one location, on the glass substrate," the US government said in its grant award notice.
Darpa wants to develop large distributed networks of sensors that can collect and transmit data for a limited period and then be destroyed instantly to prevent them falling into enemy hands.
VAPR tech could also have applications in medical diagnosis and treatment, Darpa believes, if sensors can be developed that the body can reabsorb.
The Pentagon's research arm also granted $2.1m to Xerox company, Palo Alto Research Center (Parc) - a specialist in bioinformatics and large-area electronics.
3 Ways 3-D Printing Could Transform Your Office
2 February 2014 | Real Business
by Giovanna Fabiano
Is the 3-D printer the unofficial symbol of the new Industrial Revolution? That’s what scientists and tech experts have been proselytizing to anyone who will listen.
In some sectors, such as healthcare, the gadget does indeed have the potential to revolutionize medicine.
Surgical instruments, hearing aids, prosthetics and umbilical cord clamps are being crafted by 3-D printers.
Tech companies are able to fine-tune their latest electronic devices in the design phase by making hundreds of 3-D prototypes. And industrial-sized 3-D printers are transforming aviation, with companies like GE using them to create jet engine parts.
But is there any palpable utility for the rest of us? Aside from its exciting ability to spit out burritos, deep fried scallops shaped like space shuttles and bobbleheads in our likeness?
Leon Wong, director of PARC Inc., A Xerox Company, in Palo Alto, Calif., focusing on technological innovation, said additive manufacturing, which extends to both 3-D printing and printed electronics will indeed change the world — it’s just “going to take some time.”
“Much of the applications are prototyping at this point, but the enormous potential for 3-D printing is everywhere —a lot of it just depends on what your business is.”
The Future of Making: How Innovation Disrupted Itself in 2013
19 December 2013 | Bloomberg
by Marcus Chan
"It's only fitting that among the many things disrupted by technology in 2013, innovation itself couldn't resist change. Specifically, the process of how new products are made.
We're not talking solely about manufacturing technologies such as 3-D printing, which seems to generate endless headlines because of the cool, sometimes scary and often odd things (fetus paperweights?) you can now create with these machines.
"3-D printing gets all the hype, but even perhaps more profound is this larger change," said Steve Hoover, CEO of PARC, Xerox's storied research-and-development company, where Steve Jobs drew inspiration for the Mac."
Realising the benefits of a totally connected world
9 December 2013 | ComputerWeekly.com
by Cliff Saran
"The internet of things will transform everyday life, from managing airports’ passenger flow to heating buildings and caring for the elderly.
The ability to network electronics in a standard way is set to revolutionise intelligent device control. It represents the world defined by the so-called internet of things (IoT), where electronic equipment transmits data into the cloud over the internet using TCP/IP.
As Computer Weekly reported earlier this year, GE is developing a sensor network based on the principals of IoT to monitor turbines constantly in order to reduce downtime.
In the home, internet-based home automation is now possible thanks to low cost computing devices – such as the Raspberry Pi – RF networks and infrared-to-IP interfaces. British Gas’s Connected Home business, for example, sells a £200 internet-connected central heating controller.
IoT scales up to city-wide initiatives. For instance, Xerox Parc has developed a system for managing traffic flow in Los Angeles with dynamic pricing at parking meters. The company deployed 7,000 sensors around the city to detect if a parking meter was occupied and adjusted pricing dynamically to ensure 20% of parking spaces were always available."
About Face: Companies That Reinvented Themselves
Against long odds, these companies survived near-death experiences.
26 November 2013 | Success.com
by Jim Motavalli
"In reinventing itself to stay ahead of the curve, Xerox has an ace in the hole—PARC (or Palo Alto Research Center Inc.), which was founded in 1970 as a branch of Xerox and in 2002 was spun into an independently operated subsidiary that provides R&D for Xerox as well as outside companies and the government.
PARC was a pioneer of ubiquitous computing and communications technology, and its current research is right on the edge of what technology will allow in the near future; the organization identifies itself as being “in the business of breakthroughs,” and some of its applications sound like science fiction. PARC is currently working on tiny, dirt-cheap smart tags that will make up-to-the-second readings to provide all kinds of useful information when attached to a product, or to form bandages that can sense whether you’re healing or not. “We will be able to make microprocessors using standard printing methods,” says PARC CEO Stephen Hoover, “without high-temperature processing or nasty chemicals.” The Xerox branch envisions a new age of ultra-low-cost electronic “chiplets,” each no bigger than a grain of sand, the technology that will enable the world of stuff around us humans to have its own autonomous connectivity and intelligence—The Internet of Things."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."