I love visiting Parc: here they show me inkjet printed circuits
Today's trip to +PARC , a Xerox company
was awesome. I will have a bunch of videos up over the next few days but here's the coolest thing I saw: they are printing electronic circuits in what amounts to a big inkjet printer.
This could be disruptive to the more common silicon-based circuitry we have today. Right now this technique doesn't let them compete with silicon (which can build structures much smaller) but these circuits could be eventually built into 3D printed items. So, you might be able to print a 3D cup, in the future, on your 3D printer and include inside some circuitry to sense the temperature or other things.
Thanks to Janos Veres for showing me around and explaining this really interesting new way to make electronics.
What did I take away from the visit to this very famous Palo Alto R&D lab (which, back in the early 1980s invented ethernet, laser printers, object oriented software, and pretty much what we got with the original Macintosh?) Easy:
Innovation hasn't stopped yet.
Read more about the printed circuits they are designing: https://www.parc.com/services/focus-area/flexible-and-LAE/
(as you can see, they are flexible and low cost to make -- first uses will be little electronic ID tags that can be printed on shipping labels. Imagine wine shipments that will arrive and will say "this shipment never got too hot or cold on its trip here").
More to come in a few minutes. My Google Glass is uploading a monster video. :-)
I just uploaded another photo, which shows the research poster on the wall: https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/YahRG7kkWwG #throughglass