Foresight & Trends Offers Peek Into the Future of Work
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We’re pleased to host the opening night reception for Foresight & Trends 2014 on November 11, 6pm-8pm. If you’re not already registered to attend the event, sign up here. The Foresight & Trends conference facilitates the interconnectivity of innovators and provides context for forecasters and analysts charged with predicting future trends to drive commercial success.
Because there are few better ways to see the future than experiencing it firsthand, we’ll be hosting drinks and demos of Mezzanine, our advanced technology for conferencing and collaboration. It’s a peek into the future of the work, where innovation is essential, teams are distributed, rooms are gesture-enabled, computer systems are spatially-aware, BYOD is commonplace,and pixels are everywhere. As Ian Rogers, CEO of Beats Music, says, “When someone comes to your office to learn your vision of the future, it’s crucial they feel like they’ve walked into the future, not the past.” It’s the perfect setting for this distinguished gathering of influencers and visionaries focused on the trends for 2015 and beyond. Learn more at foresightandtrends.com.
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.