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.
Up to 50 percent of total electricity consumption in office buildings is used for lighting. The worldwide drive to conserve energy and reduce CO2 emissions, as well as legislation to ban incandescent lights, is driving the adoption of low-energy lighting alternatives. As building lighting systems transition to more energy-efficient options, there is a growing opportunity to provide a secure, robust, and cost-effective way to install, operate, and manage these systems. This document presents a proposition for the design and prototyping of lighting control systems based on PARC’s Content-Centric Networking (CCN) technology. It includes an initial work proposition along with example use cases.
With the explosion in consumer electronics devices and growth in digital content generated and consumed at home, there is an increasing need for easy access to and sharing of digital media at home. Despite many efforts for industry standardization, device configurability and management remains a barrier to an intuitive user experience and seamless content sharing between devices. This document proposes a methodology for secure and intuitive device configuration and remote access service that enables sharing of media across mobile and home networking devices. The proposal outlines a phased methodology for easy and secure device configuration over Wi-Fi Direct, bootstrapping home network configuration, and enabling remote access and sharing of digital content. The document also highlights opportunities to drive growth for companies that operate in the consumer electronics devices or home media services sectors.
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 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.
At PARC, we have developed a suite of resource and energy management technology aimed at strategic consolidation of resources with no loss of performance.
Recent trends in data center technology have created unprecedented new flexibility in data center configuration and operation, and yet there is still a substantial amount of wasted capacity and wasted energy in current data centers.
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.
PARC offers expertise and advanced designs for compact optofluidic systems that enable point-of-need diagnostics. PARC’s “spatially modulated emission” technique can reduce the cost and size of today’s commercially available flow cytometers while maintaining testing speed and high signal-to-noise discrimination.
PARC services for novel electronics.
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.
This suite of services is targeted at clients who require hardened prototypes to demonstrate their materials, fabrication tools or circuit product ideas.
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.
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"…