Audio slide show: Innovation, incubation at PARC

Come along as we delve into the halls and labs of PARC, a West Coast center of research and development.

Update, Tuesday, 12:17 PST: This piece was originally intended as an audio slide show, but was published prematurely. We've reworked the images into a more traditional non-audio slide show embedded below.

Almost 40 years ago, Xerox opened the Palo Alto Research Center as a West Coast center of research and development. Since then, research at these labs has produced some of the technological innovations that have been widely adopted across today's modern computing systems, including laser printing and Ethernet.

Spun off as a subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, today PARC collaborates with clients, acting as an incubator and exploring a range ideas--from biomedicine to clean energy to intelligent computing.

Click image (right) for a slide show that delves into the halls and labs of PARC, the highly secure facility where many of the exploratory projects under way have yet to be patented.

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James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.

 

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