Science & Technology Corporation @ UNM, the technology licensing arm of the University of New Mexico, announced Sony Electornics Inc. has licensed PAD++ software technology from both NYU and UNM in July 1998.

PAD++ was developed jointly by researchers at UNM, Professors James Hollan and  Ben Bederson, in collaboration with researchers at New York University. Both Hollan and Bederson left UNM last year for other universities.

PAD++ is a graphical user interface on the UNIX platform which was developed under partial sponsorship of the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The interface achieves zooming effects with the computer. These interfaces are sometimes known as multiscale interfaces.

Headquartered in Park Ridge, N.J., Sony Electronics is a leading manufacturer and marketer of audio, video, recording media, communications and information technology products for consumer and professional markets. The company has more than 26,000 employees in North America.

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