Oblong On Stage at ISE 2017

Each day at ISE the Unified Communications Theatre in Hall 11 at RAI Amsterdam will play host to key executives from Oblong Industries. Join us at 12:30pm Tuesday through Thursday, and at 10:30am on Friday, to learn about the changing dynamics in the marketplace which are defining the future of work, unleashing the era of Infopresence, and driving the adoption of immersive visual collaboration technologies globally.

7 Feb 2017 | 12:30 - 13:00 | Steve Smith & Mandeep Jawa

Evolution of the Future of Work

Mandeep Jawa, Emerging Technology Architect, PwC and Steve Smith, Regional Sales Director, Oblong have a ‘fireside chat’ to discuss how businesses can adapt to the needs of a changing workforce by creating more dynamic, creative and collaborative work spaces. 

8 Feb 2017 | 12:30 - 13:00 | Steve Pryor

Workplace Transformation: How Improved Collaboration Systems Can Future-Proof Your Business

The future of work brings a need for massively improved collaboration, often between areas of your organization that previously operated in isolation. According to Salesforce, 96% of execs cite lack of effective collaboration as the main source of workplace failures. With Infopresence, data breaks free from the two-dimensional confines of individual computer and projection screens and comes alive, heralding a new era of collaborative, immersive work. 

9 Feb 2017 | 12:30 - 13:00 | Mary Ann Norris

Big Data Immersion and the Arrival of Infopresence

In today’s competitive environment, business technology needs to deliver a three dimensional experience in order to create a more immersive way of working for the millennial generation. For the greater levels of productivity demanded by companies' needs to constantly push boundaries, we need something better, and we need it now. Achieving this business breakthrough means a complete rethink of the interplay between humans and machines. Most importantly, machines must facilitate, enable, and encourage humans to collaborate in ways that simply weren't previously possible. 

10 Feb 2017 | 10:30 - 11:00 | Steve Pryor

Next-Generation Collaboration

Next generation collaboration: It's immersive, spatial, distributed and connected. Get ready: In an era where AV and IT are converging with increasing frequency, a platform that seamlessly links multiple locations, devices, content, screens, and people becomes essential. Steve will highlight how companies can transform their workplaces by making the most of these opportunities and benefit from the locational flexibility, network centricity and scalability presented by this emerging trend.

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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