Belmont R&D Facility

The New Renaissance Institute (NRI) R&D in Belmont California provides laboratory, library, and operations space and served as NRI’s original founding headquarters.
NRI’s second-generation research and development work in finger-angles, gesture grammars, and other advanced aspects of touch user interfaces occurred in NRI’s Advanced User Interface Laboratory at the Belmont facility, supported in part by National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I (2008 Award 0741237) and Phase II (2009-2011 Award 0923986) funding. NRI’s first generation research and development work (pre-1999) in touch user interfaces was done many years in advance of the touch user interface revolution initiated by the iPhone, also included finger-angles, gesture grammars, individual finger recognition, and multitouch gestures. These technology and licensing activities have been transferred to NRI’s first spin-out company, Advanced Touchscreen and Gesture Technologies (ATGT) based in San Antonio, Texas.
NRI’s work in multistage electronic circuit topologies, design tools, and CAD for graphene ribbon, carbon nanotube (CNT), and organic semiconductor molecular electronics also were developed at the Belmont facility. The intellectual property was sold in 2011 , along with other patent assets in advanced signal processing and pertaining to computer mice with advanced capabilities. NRI has continued separate molecular electronics R&D towards developing entirely new approaches to next-generation ultra-small .
Belmont Chemical Science Laboratory launched NRI’s activities in software reconfigurable microfluidics systems (processors, microfluidic transport architectures), microfluidic chemistry, and microfluidic biochemical/chemical sensors array systems. NRI’s Belmont Chemical Sciences Laboratory also did work in the area reactive distillation scale-up.
Additional work at the Belmont facility included mathematics and optical engineering for Fractional Fourier optics (which NRI founding staff developed more than five years before its mass popularization in 2003), non-linear mathematical modeling systems for biochemical networks (especially intra-cell and inter-cell signaling) and advanced signal processing (hysteresis synthesis, simplified frequency comparators leveraging symbol dynamics, and eigenfunctions for Hilbert Space mathematical models of human sensory perception). Work at the Belmont facility also included lensless microscopy and optical tomography, multi-objective controllers for smart buildings, environmental information systems, data center cooling/energy-harvest integration, hierarchical control systems, and continuing NRI founding staff’s early (1998-1999) work in lensless light-field imaging and advanced musical instrument systems.
NRI business operations and life science system design moved to the landmark Crossroads Building in San Mateo California in 2010, then later consolidated with several of the expanding Belmont facility laboratories at the NRI Burlingame R&D Facility in late 2012.