Inside Innovations at Xerox
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Press release from the issuing companyPALO ALTO, Calif., April 29, 2008 – From adding intelligence and automation to documents to breaking new frontiers in clean tech and biomedical domains, Xerox Corporation and its global innovation partners today lifted the curtain on a diverse set of innovative projects being nurtured in laboratories around the world.
"Our mission is to deliver innovations that solve the problems our customers face today while creating visionary technologies for tomorrow and beyond," said Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group. "Technology touches our lives in major ways and is core to sustainable global growth. Scientists and engineers at Xerox are inspired by the significant impact their work will continue to have on our customers and our company and on society."
The 2008 "Inside Innovation at Xerox" held here at the Palo Alto Research Center featured scientists from research centers in New York, Toronto, France, Palo Alto and Oregon as well as from partner labs in Tokyo at Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd., and in Israel from XMPie, a Xerox software company. They showcased 10 new technologies including:
• Clean Tech. PARC scientists have designed better solar collectors and an innovative water filtration system as part of a comprehensive portfolio of clean tech projects that could be as revolutionary for the environment as PARC's technologies were for the workplace.
• Biomedical/Rare Cell Detection. PARC is exploring innovations in biology and healthcare, including detection of rare cancer cells and molecular characterization of them to predict effective therapies.
• Greener Plastics. To reduce electronic waste, scientists from Fuji Xerox have developed a "biomass" plastic partially made from corn stalks.
• Self-erasing, reusable paper. Xerox scientists have invented a way to make prints with temporary images, so that the paper can be used again and again.
• Advances in print heads. Xerox continues to strengthen its proprietary solid ink technology with improvements to its unique print head design.
• Intelligent redaction. Xerox and PARC scientists are developing easier ways to access and sort through content from massive amounts of documents, for what can or can't be seen, printed or copied.
• Next generation categorization. Xerox was the first to create a system to classify digital images. Now it can simultaneously tag both text and images, for more effective categorization of online and paper-based documents.
• Seamless documents. At Fuji Xerox's U.S. lab, scientists are solving the problem of easy access to documents on small-screen devices such as cell phones.
• One-to-one communications technology. XMPie has developed unique technology that marries data and images to create powerful personalized communications.
• Higher dimensions of documents. Xerox scientists are developing multi-dimensional technologies, like pop-up photos, that add impact to print products and production methods.
The projects reflect Xerox's focus to make documents and document-intensive processes smarter and easier while leveraging its know-how to make a difference for its customers and communities.
Last year, Xerox was awarded 584 U.S. utility patents. Together with Fuji Xerox, Xerox holds about 8,600 active U.S. patents and continues to invest $1.4 billion a year in research and development.
Delivering Smarter Document Services
Xerox invests a significant portion of research in services for document-intensive business processes, leveraging Smarter Document Technologies that enable documents to organize, update, route and protect themselves. Whether it's finding the evidence to win a legal case, getting the information to approve a mortgage, accepting a student, hiring an employee, or getting the right medicine to the right patient at the right time, Xerox software tools and services will swiftly deliver relevant, accurate and augmented information.
At the conference today, Xerox scientists showcased services that help people find what they are looking for faster and more precisely, as well as technologies that embed intelligence within the document itself to help automate many manual tasks and make them more accurate.
Making a Difference in the World
Clean tech research is one of many projects resulting from Xerox's collaborative approach to innovation. PARC researchers are applying their expertise in particle manipulation, honed through years of manipulating toner particles for Xerox printers, to develop novel methods for creating a sustainable environment, including less expensive solar energy, a membrane-free method of purifying water; and surprising ideas for new fuel sources – fast-growing algae or carbon dioxide extracted from the atmosphere.
The Fuji Xerox "biomass" plastic, already in use in several FX products, is a result of an active research and development program designed to replace plastic parts in multifunction devices and printers with environmentally friendly materials.
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