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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
demos & tools
producing wide coverage grammars for a variety of languages
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
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.
By combining power usage and public data, PARC EE-Scope increases the effectiveness of EE programs via a set of tools to improve the design, targeting, and monitoring of residential EE offerings.
Right now, utility bills may indicate if a home uses more energy than its peers. EE-Scope goes beyond identifying “who” and asks “why” these homes are consuming so much more (or less) for air conditioning, heating, or other appliances. Combining PARC’s physics-based analytics and increasingly sophisticated power data, EE-Scope can help a utility assess the potential reasons for energy consumption and more accurately assess what home or behavioral modifications will have the most impact for each consumer.
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.
An overview of PARC at a glance.
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.
Breakthroughs may be born in the lab or boardroom, but they live or die in the marketplace – where people determine their real-world value through actual use. That's why PARC’s approach to innovation -- including ethnography -- places as much importance on people as it does on technology. Breaking down the silos that commonly separate research, engineering, social science, design, and business strategy, PARC is uniquely suited to help our clients identify unmet needs in the marketplace, recommend innovation practices that work, and introduce products and services that sell.
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 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’s Mobile Entity Localization and Tracking (MELT) enables new indoor service, networking, and surveillance applications.
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 developing a commercially viable approach to making carbon- neutral liquid fuel from sunlight and seawater that has the potential to be cost-effective, scalable, efficient, and, most important, realizable within the existing fuel infrastructure.
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 has developed a communications protocol complementing existing IP infrastructure to dramatically reduce backhaul congestion on telecommunications networks.
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