What Happens When Design and Tech Innovators Team Up?


Date Monday May 5th 2014
Time 5:00-6:30pm (5:00-6:00 presentation and Q&A, followed by networking until 6:30)
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC

PARC Forum

What Happens When Design and Tech Innovators Team Up?

PARC and design and innovation consultancy Smart Design’s IxD Lab have developed a design vision for a wearable medical patch that illustrates how PARC’s printed electronics technologies could change product design and development. Together we explored a variety of applications of printed electronics across a number of industries (transportation, wearables, structural monitoring, and more) where this type of technology could make an impact. Ultimately, we settled on health and wellness for this project as a way to best illustrate the human/personalized interaction (and impact) between printed technology and the individual. Our collaborative vision has been realized through a series of renderings and high-level concepts for a wearable medical patch – which would be easy–to–wear, low cost, and possibly disposable – and is an example of what is possible when thinking about implementing printed electronics. 

Join us at PARC Forum with experts from both PARC and Smart Design for an in-depth discussion on how a commercial innovation center and a global design lab can ideate in order to take a disruptive technology to market.

Register here –  http://design-techinnovators-parcforum.eventbrite.com


Connie Guglielmo (moderator) is Editor-in-Chief of CNET News. She has extensive experience writing about and overseeing coverage of the world’s most-influential technology companies and their CEOs. For CNET News, Connie directs all operational and editorial aspects of the brand’s award-winning global news team – from breaking news to thoughtful analysis and insightful features. She joined CNET from Forbes, where for the last two years she wrote cover stories, interviewed notable CEOs, and helped direct the team’s technology coverage nationwide. She also spent seven years as a financial reporter and enterprise editor for Bloomberg, where her stories and her team’s coverage of the most-important publicly traded companies moved markets.  Additionally, Connie served as the Silicon Valley Bureau Chief for Interactive Week, news editor for MacWeek, and vice president of corporate communications for HP.

Janos Veres manages PARC’s Printed Electronics team. His current interests are in combining disruptive material, process, and device technologies – for printed, flexible circuits; sensor and memory arrays; batteries and display devices – all with a focus on early commercialization opportunities. Janos has experience in components such as novel printed circuits, organic transistors, and printable semiconductors; applications such as OLEDs, displays, and RFID; and printing/coating technologies including electrophotography, flexography, and offset printing.  An author on over 20 patents and 40 publications, Dr. Veres holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Electronics from Imperial College in London and an MSc in Physical Electronics with distinction from Lviv Technical University in Ukraine.

Mike Kuniavsky is a user experience designer, researcher, and author.  He works in PARC’s Innovation Services group.  As a twenty-year veteran of digital product development, Mike designs products, business processes, and services at the leading edge of technological change.  He is the author of Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research and Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design, both of which are used as standard university textbooks. He received a dual major B.S./B.A. in Computer Science and Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan.

The son of a plumber and a psychologist, Dan Saffer feels the interaction design he does is a little bit of both. Since 1995, he’s designed everything from websites to consumer electronics to robots. He feels that design isn’t only about problem solving, but about creating a better, more humane, future. 

A Creative Director at Smart Design, Dan leads teams in creating new interaction paradigms across a wide range of products, spanning both digital and physical. Dan’s insightful, thoughtful approach to design has been captured in the four books he’s written—Designing for Interaction, Designing Gestural Interfaces, and Designing Devices. His latest book, Microinteractions, about the details of design, was published to much acclaim in 2013. 

Connie Guglielmo (moderator)

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