For decades, our interface with computers has been restricted to the possibilities offered by a single screen attached to a keyboard, a mouse and—latterly—limited touchscreen functions. Machines have gotten smarter. Humans are more capable, imaginative, and agile than ever. Business complexity is progressing at the speed of Moore's Law. And yet, human machine interface (HMI) remains confined to interactions between one person and one machine.
For the greater levels of productivity demanded by companies' needs to constantly push boundaries, we need something better, and we need it now. Achieving this business breakthrough means a complete rethink of the interplay between humans and machines. Most importantly, machines must facilitate, enable, and encourage humans to collaborate in ways that simply weren't previously possible.
When HMI struggles to break free from a one-to-one paradigm, collaboration stays stunted. HMI should not be an inhibiting factor; it should be the tool that allows you to reach for the moon—and touch it.
Amazing things are already possible. Big data, cloud computing, early AI, and the Internet of Things mean we now possess an almost endless capacity to gather and crunch data. Yet, every day, workers struggle to usefully channel all that information into in a flat universe of data visualization and analysis that bears little relation to the complex, three-dimensional world they inhabit. A new, intuitive way of combining skillsets and fostering multi-disciplinary collaboration will uncover hidden insights, bringing an undeniable competitive edge.
At Oblong, we believe a truly revolutionary HMI will open boundless environments for sharing and analyzing data; a landscape that feels more like the human world than the machine world because it frees information to move in natural three dimensional space rather than remain stuck in two dimensions. Building it requires more than just a talent for computer science or other technology skills. It demands the continuous study of the human experience in order to synthesize design and engineering at an atomic level. When we step up to the new HMI, we step into the future.
Oblong's HMI is based on the unique capabilities of g-speak, our proprietary spatial operating environment. G-speak is the only operating system that naturally captures space in three dimensions, with each pixel defined by x, y, and z values. At last, here is a human-machine interface evolved for the battle at hand—exquisitely fashioned for collaboration across distances and disciplines, endlessly dynamic like the world of business, and novel enough to deliver a vastly superior outcome.
Developed by visionary engineer John Underkoffler of MIT's Media Lab, g-speak allows applications to span multiple screens, systems, and surfaces, freeing the human mind to operate in a computing environment that's as rich and intricate as the real world. This powerfully new HMI means you can build the previously unthinkable, understand what was before impenetrable, and unleash the power of your most valuable asset—your people.
This is the Future of Work.