Originally Germinated in Xerox Labs, Novel Information-Navigation Software and Talking "Reading-Eye Dog" Now Join Interactive Exhibit
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 18, 2001-- Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX - news) has injected another burst of innovation into its technology showcase at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.
It's added a friendly bionic dog that can read and software that displays the Web like a tree to the fun, future-oriented attraction.
The "Knowledge Vortex," presented by Xerox at INNOVENTIONS since 1999, highlights how Xerox technology can transform and improve the way people access, share and use information. It also demonstrates to guests the value of knowledge sharing and the promise of science in an entertaining, interactive way.
New to the Xerox exhibit is Star Tree(TM) information-navigation technology, invented by Xerox researchers and now marketed through Inxight Software Inc. Star Tree technology, which presents data in branchlike clusters rather than in traditional "windows," offers a faster, easier way to visualize and navigate large amounts of information, such as product catalogs and Web sites. Three different Star Trees allow guests of all ages to explore the history of human space flight, a dinosaur directory and an Academy Awards® winners database.
Another new feature is the Reading-Eye Dog, which examines how knowledge can be shared orally instead of visually. The metal dog combines cameras, optical character recognition and the latest voice technology to read out loud printed material placed in front of him. Although some reading material has been prepared, the dog can also read any book, newspaper or brochure brought by guests. Born out of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, the bionic pooch shows how digital technologies could be used by people with visual and reading challenges to help them read, in the way that seeing-eye dogs help people navigate the world.
Other technology elements continuing to be featured in the Knowledge Vortex:
-- SmartPaper(TM) technology, electronic paper that combines the
convenience of plain paper with the flexibility of a video screen.
Created by Xerox scientists and now marketed by Gyricon Media
Inc., SmartPaper allows users to "print" a message with electronic
charges, then easily "erase" it and reuse the medium. A hands-on
presentation invites guests to imagine SmartPaper's possibilities
for tomorrow - such as reusable newspapers or changeable wallpaper
applications such as retail store signage.
-- Pixography(TM), which demonstrates Xerox advanced printing
technology, allows guests to merge their pictures and words to
create personalized color calendars or greeting cards. The
interactive exhibit has drawn thousands of guests since its
initial installation at INNOVENTIONS.
-- The "Vortex of Knowledge" show, a multimedia light and sound
presentation that illustrates how knowledge intertwined with
technology will continue to create enchanting information-sharing
possibilities in the new millennium.
Gyricon Media Inc. is a Xerox Technology Enterprise company, which are entities created to commercialize technology invented at Xerox's renowned research facilities. Inxight Software Inc., a former XTE company, has been spun off into an independent enterprise.
Located in the heart of Epcot, INNOVENTIONS continuously transforms itself to represent the ever-changing world of technology. Since 1994, INNOVENTIONS has celebrated the breakthroughs in science and technology that inspire our lives. Millions of guests each year come to explore and discover cutting-edge products and technologies from some of the world's best companies.
XEROX®, The Document Company® and the digital X® are
trademarks of XEROX CORPORATION.
Media: Xerox Corporation, Kara Choquette, 203/968-3593, Email Contact or INNOVENTIONS at Epcot, Analisa Black, 407/560-3864, Email Contact