HP Labs is housed in one of the original buildings of Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, California. Not far from the original garage where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started HP in 1939, the labs are the home of many innovations over the years, from the inkjet printer to the light-emitting diode to the first programmable scientific desktop calculator.
The company celebrated that heritage yesterday as it invited the press for a day of briefings and a tour of the labs. We attended the event, which was hosted by HP Labs chief Shane Wall and headlined by HP CEO Dion Weisler. Wall said that HP Labs is focused on trends that will affect humanity for the next 30 years, and it is doing fundamental research in technologies such as 3D transformation, the Internet of All Things, microfluidics, and hypermobility.
HP executives talked about reinventing cities as the world moves toward 41 megacities (over 10 million people) by 2030. They talked about a second industrial revolution that will be enabled by personalized 3D printing, and they talked about diversity’s role in innovation.
We went for a walk through labs that included HP’s immersive experiences projects, the Indigo printing presses, security, emerging computing, and 3D printing.
Here’s a photo gallery of our day at HP Labs.
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