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HP then and now: Inside the HP garage and HP LabsThis year HP Labs turns 50. CNET celebrates with a visit to the famed HP garage in Palo Alto, California, where William Hewlett and David Packard founded the firm in 1939, and to HP Labs, devoted to changing the future.
[MUSIC] Well this is where Bill Hewlett lived. So when Bill and Dave moved here in the fall of 1938 as renters. To try to start the company together. And they rented this particular property because the landlady told them that they could use the garage as a workshop. They paid an extra $12 a month for rent. So that's why the stuff in here is not original. I mean, it was their manufacturing plant so they took it all with them. We have pictures of some of the things that are in here. Like the drill press you know that went with them and they used it for 20 years. Our first product was an audio oscillator and they made about 220 in that 18 months, and you can see it's really small, so. They were probably tripping over each other. They made them themselves because they were so small no one would take on the work\g. They would paint the panels and then they'd bake them in the kitchen oven. They moved here in the fall of 1938 and they left in the spring of 1940. And they were outgrowing the space. So they moved to some other rental property closer to where our headquarters is now. [MUSIC] HP Laboratories mission is to create novel technologies and experiences that define the future of HP Inc. That everyday we are trying to create something that hasn't actually existed before and then apply it. Fundamentals of material science With chemistry, biology, physics, charge manipulation, and so that same technology that basically causes us to jet a little bubble and cause fluid to spit out in a form of an ink, can also pump other things. Bioprinter Where we can, instead of pipetting down materials, that's getting out small amounts of fluid in very precise amounts. [MUSIC] Close, small, little nano-fingers around molecules as they come into fluid. They worked together, were able to then hit that with a laser. And from that detect, mostly what you're looking at. We're doing this in combination with the Food and Drug Administration. Carries a long heritage from 1939 til now. But again, a rich history built in the fundamentals of engineering and built in the fundamentals of physics. [MUSIC]