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Ideas to Implementation: PARC Earns Our Editor’s Retail Choice Award for Innovation in Smart Packaging Technology
9 November 2017 | Deal Crunch
by Michael Senecal

One of the best-known names in tech research and development, PARC got its start in 1970 as a research division within office printing giant Xerox. Now the company partners with businesses and government agencies to bring innovations to market. A prime example is its work in the burgeoning smart packaging industry, which combines flexible printed electronics, sensors, and software to boost supply-chain efficiencies for brands and add consumer value.


What Does it Mean When Your Home is Watching You? (podcast)
21 October 2017 | Science Island
by Leah Hitchings and Grant Burningham

Mike Kuniavsky, PARC scientist and author of "Smart Things," talks about smart objects, artificial intelligence and what our role should be in the Internet of Things.


Rise of the Machines: Who is the “Internet of Things” Good For?
Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality — ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all — but how can it?
6 June 2017 | The Guardian
by Adam Greenfield

What links these wildly different circumstances is a vision of connected devices now being sold to us as the “internet of things.” The technologist (PARC Researcher) Mike Kuniavsky, a pioneer of this idea, characterises it as a state of being in which “computation and data communication [are] embedded in, and distributed through, our entire environment.” I prefer to see it for what it is: the colonisation of everyday life by information processing.


Mike Kuniavsky on the Mind Shift Needed to Design for Ecosystems (podcast)
The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Designing for IoT, service design, and predictive analytics
7 July 2016 | O’Reilly On Our Radar
by Mary Treseler

This Design Podcast features a conversation the author had with Mike Kuniavsky, a PARC user experience designer, research and author, about designing for the IoT, service design, and the mind shift needed to design for ecosystems.


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."


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.


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."


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."


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."


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."


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.'"


Video -- The future of the Internet is avatars and connected services
5 March 2013 | GigaOM
by Stacy Higginbotham

"There is no single Internet of Things, just a series of connected services and avatars, the physical hardware that connect to those services. This is what Mike Kuniavsky, a principal in the Innovation Services Group at PARC, explained as his vision for the Internet of Things in a talk last week at the GigaOM Internet of Things meetup."


How to stop adding to the hype and make the internet of things a reality
27 February 2013 | GigaOM
by Stacey Higginbotham

"'Our current programming tools are rigid and deterministic,' said Mike Kuniavsky, a principal in the Innovation Services Group at PARC. He argued that developers are not prepared to program for a world where hundreds of connected devices will work in concert to deliver services. The industry can’t afford to fall back on the current pattern of binary decision making and still deliver a real-time experience, which means that programmers will start having to think about how to connect these tools using probabilistic logic: in which the computer, not a human, chooses the most likely outcome."