Sony wanted to explore how people use technology to connect and share experiences and what this could mean for future consumer products and experiences.
The U.S. Army had achieved the ability to detect bioagents in lab fluids -- but doing so in dispersed water samples in the field involved greater challenges.
Based on observations of how Filoli visitors naturally engaged with audio guidebooks, PARC ethnographers realized that visitors wanted to listen to descriptive information together and share “listening spaces” with each other.
PARC scientists delivered the key components for a tape-like blast dosimeter with integrated memory, control electronics, and multiple sensors – which could be fabricated through printing techniques or be compatible with roll-to-roll processing (key for enabling the novel form factors and low cost), and be customized to specific application needs.
While BASF has significant chemistry expertise, it needed to integrate electronics into its materials to capture value-added opportunities with customers in the display market.
Dowa had significant materials expertise and in-house R&D, but lacked the knowledge to manufacture and develop an emerging product category of LED-based products.
The founders of startup Powerset, Inc., were convinced that there had to be a better way for consumers to search the web.
To better serve customers, reduce training costs, and increase revenue, a Fortune 500 company wanted to consolidate its fragmented call-center operations to provide a single face to customers.
The projector industry has matured. Despite the increased number of competitors and need for differentiation, innovations have focused only on incremental improvements or component technologies.
If Xerox could leverage service technicians' tacit and socially shared experiences into a codified expert system, it would help improve services, revenues, and customer satisfaction.
While global publishing company DNP had a long history of delivering information on paper and other materials, it wanted to capitalize on the emerging trend of delivering information in digital formats.
Motorola wanted to investigate sharing practices among family and friends, so it could develop personalized communications applications that helped people maintain and enhance their social bonds.
demos & tools
a visualization tool for providing social transparency and dynamics for Wikipedia
a social-tag based cross between a search engine and a recommendation engine for exploring topics quickly and efficiently on the web
an easy-to-use image editing tool for manipulating meaningful image objects in scanned documents or screenshots
pixel-level labeling of document image content for providing large-scale groundtruth data for document image recognition programs
producing wide coverage grammars for a variety of languages
PARC has developed the Filament Extension Atomizer (FEA) to address problems arising from difficult to spray materials. This technology is capable of spraying materials previously either difficult or impossible to spray for a wide range of applications including spray coating, particle creation, spray drying, drug delivery, or powder coatings.
Metamaterials (i.e., engineered electromagnetic structures), are poised to disrupt industries, create entirely new markets, and change society. The ability to design and fabricate materials with new functionalities opens the door to a new world of possibilities ¾it is now possible to realize Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak and optical black holes, which we once thought was impossible. Beyond the realms of science fiction, metamaterials can be tailored to either augment the functionality of existing devices or create new devices with superior performances.
PARC is developing massively scalable and low-cost metamaterial films that can “self-cool” in broad daylight, without the need for electricity or consumption of water. The focus of the ARPA-E project is in dissipating heat loads to increase thermal power plant efficiency, especially in conjunction with other dry cooling approaches.
The reliability of fielded infrastructure systems is increasingly becoming a major concern as they age and operational budgets to maintain them get stretched. PARC’s CBM technology suite empowers engineers, operators, and maintenance personnel to improve the reliability and maintainability of critical systems.
PARC is developing a spectrally-selective metamaterial emitter with an engineered emission spectrum that matches the spectral response of a low-bandgap photovoltaic (PV) cell (e.g. made of GaSb), allowing for an efficient way to convert heat directly and efficiently to electricity.
PARC offers a proven co-extrusion printing technique, CoEx, that can enhance both the energy and power densities of batteries. A cost-effective way to manufacture structured electrodes, this technique can be applied to both cathodes and anodes for most mature battery chemistries.
Current sorting technologies for light metals are either too costly or ineffective, and therefore certain aluminum recycling streams are shipped overseas for sorting and recycling. We want to add value to the US recycling industry by improving the quality of their scrap streams through low-cost sorting.
PARC offers a novel co-extrusion printing technique that enables the printing of a full-thickness battery cathode, anode, and separator in a signle pass to dramatically improve battery performance and reduce production costs.
PARC, together with Triton Systems and PV Scientific, is developing a flexible solar blanket based on micro-optic solar concentrators and high efficiency III-V solar cells. This combination offers the best possible tradeoff among cost, weight, flexibility and efficiency.
PARC is developing advanced energy management technologies capable of co-optimizing mission-critical energy needs with the economic value of energy assets
PARC is developing an intrinsically safe battery architecture for high-assurance military applications. Utilizing thin film electronic components, the flow of current is controlled locally so that the battery's output stays within safe limits at all times.
PARC’s Hydrodynamic Separation (HDS) provides a compact, low-energy, cost-efficient method of concentrating biomass in wastewater processes.
PARC corporate brochure. Provides an overview of why to work with us, what we do, ways to work with us, track record of companies and contributions, and client criteria.
An overview of PARC at a glance.
PARC’s hydrodynamic separation (HDS) innovation provides a compact, low-energy, cost-effective method to dewater microalgae for biofuels and other applications.
Companies, both large and small, can now take advantage of PARC’s expertise in leading-edge optics and optical systems development to further their business goals. PARC’s capabilities today include micro and large-area imaging and non-imaging optical system designs, prototyping, process optimization, and transfer to manufacturing.
PARC offers a superior combination of world-class technical expertise, fully integrated on-site development and prototyping infrastructure, and the ability to develop new processes in a commercial MOCVD reactor that are readily transferable to high-volume full-production systems.
Targeted at companies and institutions interested in developing products based on printed or flexible electronics, this suite of services provides design and fabrication of “proof of concept” level demonstrators.
This suite of services is targeted at clients who require hardened prototypes to demonstrate their materials, fabrication tools or circuit product ideas.
Targeted primarily at suppliers and developers of substrate materials and printable semiconductors, dielectrics and metals, this suite of services provides development and optimization of materials and devices for many applications such as displays, sensing, and processing.
Ethnographic insights have the power to fundamentally change perceptions, but it is often difficult to share observation-based insights out of context, and many clients don’t have the time to participate in workshops to absorb insights. PARC's Rapid Ethnographic Assessment and Communication Technique (REACT) compresses the ethnography process into a relatively short period of time and delivers findings that are essentially "self-presenting"…
PARC’s Mobile Entity Localization and Tracking (MELT) enables new indoor service, networking, and surveillance applications.
PARC’s integrated planning + control platform (“Plantrol”) enables enterprises in a number of industries to build modular systems that operate intelligently for higher flexibility and availability, with shorter development and testing timeframes than traditional automation approaches.
PARC has invented and developed the ClawConnect™ compliant, high-density, interconnect (HDI) platform technology. This technology enables ultra-thin, ultra-small, high-performance solutions -- with low total cost of ownership and without sacrificing quality and reliability.
PARC is modeling people’s behavior in social systems to develop solutions that enhance the usability and value of social analytics and collaboration systems.
Fujitsu's report on innovating with PARC-- in English and Japanese.
PARC’s cloud-based fault analysis technology can automatically augment system models with a comprehensive list of fault modes and reason about how they affect system performance. Through automated fault analysis this tool suite gives system designers and engineers the insight of reliability experts. It condenses design cycles and lowers development costs, allowing manufacturers to converge rapidly on a set of highly resilient system designs.
PARC is working to commercialize a cost-effective solution for embedded high-fidelity, real-time battery sensing to provide unprecedented accuracy in measuring State of Charge (SoC) and State of Health (SoH).
PARC has developed a communications protocol complementing existing IP infrastructure to dramatically reduce backhaul congestion on telecommunications networks.
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PARC is developing M-FAST (Metamaterial Frequency-Adaptive Steerable Technology) -- a low cost, low size, weight, and power (SWaP), electronically scanned array adapted for 360° scanning and tracking of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) threats and objects. At its core, M-FAST consists of an array of tunable metamaterial elements, with a 120° field of view, which steers and shapes RF beams. M-FAST is a low-complexity platform compared to other traditional phased arrays or electronically scanned arrays. Additionally, M-FAST’s all-electronic platform is controlled by computationally lightweight algorithms.
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