Best of InfoComm 2018 Award Winner

We’re delighted to receive recognition from industry fav trade publication rAVe for Mezzanine 200 Series, “Best Collaboration Packaged Product.”

The award from rAVe for "Best Collaboration Packaged Product" at InfoComm 2018 for the Mezzanine 200 Series is great validation for a more seamlessly integrated digital enterprise. Mezzanine unites popular desktop collaboration applications and AV hardware to create a unified workspace which keeps collaborators focused on work, not technology. 

Last month, visitors to InfoComm got to see firsthand the simplicity with which everyday workflows amongst team members are easily escalated to a Mezzanine meeting environment. Stakeholders on a project can share multiple sources of data, graphics, and real-time information in a larger workspace all together all at once with Mezzanine. 

The crew at rAVe definitely did their homework on the awards. They stopped by the Oblong booth several times to speak with our VP of Product Strategy, Dave Kung, on the value of Mezzanine for teamwork and the new integration with Cisco Webex Teams

Take a peek below at the evolution of collaborative workflows with Mezzanine + Webex and get in touch with us to learn how your teams can become more efficient and productive. 


Working with Watson

The goal of each Watson Experience Center—located in New York, San Francisco, and Cambridge—is to demystify AI and challenge visitor’s expectations through more tangible demonstrations of Watson technology. Visitors are guided through a series of narratives and data interfaces, each grounded in IBM’s current capabilities in machine learning and AI. These sit alongside a host of Mezzanine rooms where participants further collaborate to build solutions together.

The process for creating each experience begins with dynamic, collaborative research. Subject matter experts take members of the design and engineering teams through real-world scenarios—disaster response, financial crimes investigation, oil and gas management, product research, world news analysis—where we identify and test applicable data sets. From there, we move our ideas quickly to scale.

Accessibility to the immersive pixel canvas for everyone involved is key to the process. Designers must be able to see their ideas outside of the confines of 15″ laptops and prescriptive software. Utilizing tools tuned for rapid iteration at scale, our capable team of designers, data artists, and engineers work side-by-side to envision and define each experience. The result is more than a polished marketing narrative; it's an active interface that allows the exploration of data with accurate demonstrations of Watson’s capabilities—one that customers can see themselves in.

Under the Hood

Underlying the digital canvas is a robust spatial operating environment, g‑speak, which allows our team to position real data in a true spatial context. Every data point within the system, and even the UI itself, is defined in real world coordinates (measured in millimeters, not pixels). Gestures, directional pointing, and proximity to screens help us create interfaces that more closely understand user intent and more effectively humanize the UI.

This award-nominated collaboration with IBM is prototyped and developed at scale at Oblong’s headquarters in Los Angeles as well as IBM’s Immersive AI Lab in Austin. While these spaces are typically invite-only, IBM is increasingly open to sharing the content and the unique design ideas that drive its success with the public. This November, during Austin Design Week, IBM will host a tour of their Watson Immersive AI Lab, including live demonstrations of the work and a Q&A session with leaders from the creative team.

Can't make it to Austin? Contact our Solutions team for a glimpse of our vision of the future at our headquarters in the Arts District in Los Angeles.

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