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Oblong Industries Introduces the Mezzanine Series

New Product Innovations Bring Superior Visual Collaboration to More Teams, Work Spaces, and Use Cases

We’re pleased to introduce the expanded product range and series naming convention for our flagship immersive visual collaboration solution, Mezzanine. Along with hardware and software innovations that drive the entry price point for a full Mezzanine solution below $50k, we are adding seamless integrations with popular enterprise utilities including calendaring and Skype for Business. 

Mezzanine offers high-performance collaboration for rooms of all sizes, from small and medium-size teamwork spaces to the largest executive briefing centers. This new nomenclature makes it easier for our customers and integrator partners to zero-in on the most appropriate Mezzanine solution for their particular use case, team composition, workflow needs, and physical space. We’ll be talking more about the Mezzanine Series at Infocomm 2017, the largest AV conference in the United States. (Register for a booth appointment.) 

What’s new: 

Mezzanine 200 Series. This dual screen configuration for small to medium sized teaming rooms delivers advanced collaboration capabilities previously accessible only in large and exclusive meeting rooms. Concurrent viewing of up to 10 shared devices, gestural interaction, and real-time control by multiple participants are now available in a familiar form factor. With more accessible pricing and streamlined installation, the Mezzanine 200 Series is a new high-water mark for teamwork in smaller spaces. 

 Mezzanine 300 Series. While traditional conferencing systems provide only one content channel, Mezzanine 300 takes full advantage of its three-screen configuration, enabling richer collaboration around multi-stream content. The Mezzanine 300’s expansive shared workspace matches that of our flagship Series 600 and 650 solutions, allowing customers to extend the immersive Mezzanine experience to satellite offices at a lower cost. Mezzanine 300 is fully upgradeable to Mezzanine 600 Series. 

 Mezzanine 600 Series. The Mezzanine 600 naturally accelerates consensus and confidence during collaborative work sessions by making all the decision factors visible and accessible. Beyond the clear, practical benefits of the three-screen primary workspace shared across locations, and the three-screen secondary workspace for those in the room, the "wow" factor of the large multi-dimensional workspace makes a strong impression during presentations. This popular six-screen Mezzanine configuration features new spatial tracking technology that requires no room remediation; new in-room server options reduce cost and installation complexity.

 Mezzanine 650 Series. Oblong’s original immersive solution for larger architectural spaces is extensible for a more exhilarating and immersive interactive environment. With major display wall expandability and extra ‘corkboard’ interactive surfaces on multiple walls, Mezzanine 650 supplies the real estate required to tell truly expansive and engaging stories, or to display all the factors involved in a complex project or business challenge.

With this series of solutions, brilliant immersive visual collaboration capabilities are accessible to more teams in more places. Recently, the independent analysts at Gartner included Mezzanine in the recent research note “Select the Right Technology for Modern Meeting Rooms.” A commissioned study by Forrester validates the business impact of Mezzanine for the enterprise and shows that Mezzanine pays for itself in less than eight months and offers an ROI of 226% in 3 years. The future of work is more immersive, visual, and productive with Mezzanine. 

To experience Mezzanine firsthand, make an appointment to see Oblong in booth 1871 at InfoComm or visit one of 18 offices worldwide.

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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