Commercialization of the fax machine to make sending a document fast, accurate, and available to all

The 75 Years of Innovation series highlights the groundbreaking innovations spanning from SRI’s founding in 1946 to today. Each week, SRI will release an innovation, leading up to its 75th anniversary in November 2021.

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The sound of data: delivering the digital fax machine…

Likely, if you are of a certain age, you will remember the distinctive sound of a fax coming through. That screechhhh….whirrrr….screech…sound is almost iconic. Not too long ago, the fax machine was a central part of any office environment. Before email, the fax was the fastest way to get documents and written communications from company to company. …


The program encourages early-career researchers to pitch impactful projects that could receive up to $100,000 in funding

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SRI International is synonymous with innovation, and Inception Drive, a robotics engineering advancement originally funded by an internal initiative, embodies that.

Inception Drive is an ultra-compact, infinitely variable transmission that promises to dramatically increase efficiency for robotics systems and allow for safer human-robot interaction. With its high torque and power density, Inception Drive is small enough to replace fixed-ratio transmissions in robots, enabling energy savings of up to 50 percent in many applications. Furthermore, the transmission’s reversible output can allow for the reduction of the number of motors required in a robot.

This novel engineering advancement by researcher Alexander Kernbaum is a prime example of what flourished under an internal research and development program at SRI. The program gives early-career researchers at the nonprofit the opportunity to pitch and run their own projects for what is often the first time. …


The ability to use iris recognition in real-life scenarios by removing previous constraints

The 75 Years of Innovation series highlights the groundbreaking innovations spanning from SRI’s founding in 1946 to today. Each week, SRI will release an innovation, leading up to its 75th anniversary in November 2021.

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In a blink of an eye: How SRI captured your Iris On the Move (IOM)

When you look into someone’s eyes what do you see? …

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