Document and print services company Xerox has launched a web portal that gives customers access to prototype technology research that will form the basis of future products and services, the company said on Thursday.
Xerox hopes that, in return for early access, customers will be able to inform the research by providing instant feedback to the Open Xerox lab.
"At Xerox we encourage change, push the limits of the unknown, and explore new approaches to innovation," Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox's chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group said in a statement. "Collaboration with users across the globe brings fresh ideas, diverse opinions and expertise that enable game-changing innovations for our customers."
Currently, the site offers more than 20 services — some of which require a login — for users to test out, including Trailmeme, personalised imaging software and document language translation tools such as the "Arabic Morphological Analyzer".
The lab also has a tool for translating PDF files into ePub — the standard e-book format — or XML formats.
Open Xerox also allows customers with a Xerox Extensible Interface Platform (EIP) printer to access some of the apps available on the portal directly.