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By Shelley Solheim  |  Posted 2004-05-24 Print this article Print

Herve Gallaire, chief technology officer and president of Xeroxs Innovation Group, said plastic transistors and other technologies his team is developing could show up in new types of devices that will transform the way people work.

"The office of the future will be very distributed, very networked," said Gallaire. "People will be connected with devices we know today—but many more of them—and they will be connected a lot more with their PDA [or] their phone. For example, your PDA could be the interface of your multifunction printer or scanner, and doing that would enable you to have your security connected through that particular device instead of separately on many different devices.

"Another direction is that all of these devices will be portals to Web services; in fact, youll be able to access applications and get the output of these applications through any of these devices," said Gallaire. "In the future, devices will play a much larger role, becoming completely integrated in your environment."

Gallaire said Xerox scientists are working toward that vision.

"We are developing wireless, mobile capabilities on our devices," Gallaire said. "In terms of software, we do have a significant effort in the area of ubiquitous computing. You hear a lot about that, but were trying to really make that a reality."

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