Xerox Wires More Gee-Whiz Technology Into Its `Knowledge Vortex' At INNOVENTIONS At Epcot

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

  • while also demonstrating how SmartPaper is being used today in

    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.

    NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about Xerox visit For more information about Inxight Software, visit; about Gyricon Media, visit

    XEROX®, The Document Company® and the digital X® are trademarks of XEROX CORPORATION.

         Xerox Corporation,
         Kara Choquette, 203/968-3593,
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