Events

Mezzanine in Action: The Mini-Summit

Perhaps this has happened to you: 

You invite several people into your board room to make presentations, which will be followed by discussion and Q&A with your VIP audience. (Those C-suite execs for example.) Each presenter brings his or her own laptop and needs to plug-in to the conference room technology to share content. Wisely, you get there early and you’re prepared with every type of dongle connector you could get your hands on, and yet there is always SOMETHING that goes wrong: that one dongle you need is missing. Or by the time you can switch between presenters’ laptops your VIP audience has wandered off, killing the whole flow of your summit. Or you get down to Q&A, and someone needs to reference something one person said against something another person said, and it’s another ten minutes of trying to get back to that content. By the time that happens, the point’s gone missing and so has everyone’s attention. 

None of this happens with Mezzanine™.

  • Presenters can connect wirelessly, or via a hardwired connection.

  • Multiple presenters can be connected at the same time from different devices.

  • Everyone’s presentation content is readily accessible to every connected device in the room, or even from other Mezzanine rooms connected to the session.

  • Conversation flow and audience attention is never derailed by the technology.

With Mezzanine, you can have a successful meeting with multiple presenters that stays on track. Suddenly you’re not just keeping everyone’s attention, you’re getting real work done. 

Contact us to schedule a demo of Mezzanine in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Boulder, Barcelona, or Menlo Park. Coming soon to Chicago.

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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