PARC is the Palo Alto Research Center which is one of the world’s most famous R&D labs (ethernet, object oriented printing, guis, and much more were invented here). In this five-part tour you’ll see what these smart people are working on now. Steve Jobs, famously, in the early 1980s, visited this lab and bought the rights to get a deep look at the technology that would become the Macintosh.
This is a five-part tour where you’ll meet several different teams/people and see five different innovations, coming soon. Let’s go!
Part II is a look at how they are printing lithium ion batteries, which brings up to 30% more energy density without coming up with a new esoteric chemical formula.
How do you make things? Well, a team at PARC is working on helping people who make things make them faster and cheaper through a new software suite that you’ll see here.
Sensors, machine learning, computer image recognition, all come together on this team where you’ll hear about what the latest contextual thinking is at PARC.
How can you send a database, or give access to it, while making sure that different people can only see data that they are supposed to? Think of a spreadsheet. What if person A is only supposed to be able to see Rows A, C, and E, while person B is supposed to see rows A, B, and F. That’s hard to make happen in modern databases. Here you’ll hear the latest thinking from PARC, famous R&D lab, about how it will solve that problem. Interesting discussion about privacy in this “post Snowden” world, too.
Finally, I filmed an extra tour on my Google Glass where I met Mike Kuniavsky, who showed me around its room of innovations. You’ll have to click over to Google+ to see that video.
Thanks to all these fine people who spent time with me this week.