Discover Mezzanine at this Exclusive Conference Room Technology Event

To introduce the latest release of its Mezzanine™ collaborative conference room solution, Oblong Industries is proud to present a special event in Chicago on Jan. 28, 2015. Held in Oblong’s Chicago office, the event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will showcase the latest updates to Mezzanine through hands-on demonstrations. Guests will explore the future of conference room technology and workplace innovation with short remarks from industry leaders CBRE and Oblong CEO Dr. John Underkoffler, as well as take a behind the scenes tour of the new CBRE office space. 

This event will provide an excellent opportunity for Chicago’s CMOs, CTOs, CIOs, and other business leaders to rub shoulders with the top conference room technology innovators and adopters as well as explore new conference room technology solutions firsthand. Drinks and appetizers will be served by Fig Catering.

A demonstration of Mezzanine’s user interface and technology

Each 20-minute demonstration will allow event guests the chance to experience premiere conference room functionality such as:

Gestural Interaction:

Utilizing the same innovative ideas seen in “Iron Man” and “Minority Report,” Mezzanine allows users the ability to fully engage during a meeting with gestural interaction.


Event attendees can see how Mezzanine allows meeting room participants to interact with their own wireless devices, providing them with the opportunity to add, view, mark up, and even control the content being shared across a Mezzanine meeting.

Plug and Play: 

Mezzanine conference room technology allows users to plug in their devices and immediately share content across screens within a meeting, or circumvent the dongle altogether and connect wirelessly via the Mezzanine Screencast app.

Connected Whiteboarding: 

Users can utilize a whiteboard that is viewed by connected Mezzanine rooms and devices across the globe in real time, plus capture and save images from a whiteboard session.

Following the demonstrations of Oblong’s conference room technology, event attendees will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and early adopters as they discuss the future of conference room technologies, video conferencing solutions, and workplace collaboration. 

Event guests will first hear from John Underkoffler, the Chief Executive Officer of Oblong Industries. As an industry leader and adviser for several boards, John is the pioneer of the spatial operating environment and its application to the current state of video conferencing solutions and conference room technology. He will discuss how he expects to see the industry change in the coming years, the role of UI, and how solutions such as Mezzanine will improve workforce retention, team productivity, and business innovation. 

Attendees will, then, hear from innovative leaders at CBRE and discover how their team was able to utilize the Mezzanine conference room technology to make its internal “collaboration easier, presentations more dynamic, and meetings more effective" with its Workplace 360 initiative. 

The Workplace 360 initiative is designed to transition CBRE (and its forward-thinking clients) from traditional, assigned workspaces to activity-focused workspaces that promote collaboration through easier information sharing, the removal of waste, and the promotion of increased creativity for employees as well as clients. CBRE was able to do this through the installation and adoption of Mezzanine conference room technology in addition to a range of office design solutions to serve its mobile, collaborative workforce. Near the end of the event, guests will have an opportunity to tour the new CBRE River North office space, which was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune

We are very excited to host this event and share the latest news in conference room technology and video conferencing solutions. Join us for this event from 5 to 8 p.m. at our Chicago offices: 321 North Clark St Suite 710 in downtown Chicago. Register for our Chicago presentations and demos today. 

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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