Dr Curtis Carlson, president and CEO of Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International, believes that innovation is a skill that can be taught and learned. Inventors at SRI, a non-profit research company, have been behind the invention of the computer mouse, HDTV, Internet domain tags (for example .com and .gov) and advanced robotic surgery. Curtis Carlson led the SRI team that created the US HDTV standard and co-wrote Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want.
Recent SRI Innovations
EPAM - Electroactive Polymer Artificial Muscle - is a unique smart material technology developed in SRI International's labs. The thin, flexible material, called artificial muscle because it behaves much like a human muscle, expands when exposed to an electric current and contracts when the electricity is removed, thereby converting electrical potential energy into mechanical motion. It offers significant advantages over typical electromagnetic-based technologies because it is much lighter, smaller, quieter and cheaper, and offers more controllable and flexible configurations. Photo: "Flex" the robot uses EPAM to move.
SRI has developed a prototype buoy-mounted, ocean wave-powered generator. The generator utilizes patented electroactive polymer artificial muscle EPAM technology, and offers a renewable method to continually power ocean buoys. Future efforts will address the design, development, and deployment of wave-powered generators capable of generating power for large-scale clean energy production. Photo: Ocean Wave-Powered Generator
All photos courtesy of SRI