David Savastano, Editor04.07.10
When you consider how offices have been impacted by technology in the past 30 years, there have been amazing changes. Laser printing improved office efficiency, the Ethernet proved to be the foundation for local area networking, and the graphical user interface changed how we used computers.
All of these advancements have one thing in common: They came out of PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), an R&D facility founded by Xerox Corporation in 1970 with the mandate to create “The Office of the Future.”
PARC obviously has succeeded in its goal, and has numerous other achievements as well, including pioneering work on liquid crystal displays (LCD); the spin out dpiX, which makes the X-ray equivalent of a digital camera and Adobe PDF formats; and laser diode technology for optical communications, spun out into SDL Inc., eventually bought by JDS Uniphase for $41B.
Today, PARC is an independent for-profit entity, having been spun out by Xero
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