Design

Teamwork & Instant Collaboration Unite!

Do you find your work restricted because teams cannot effectively communicate across office locations, devices, and screens? Do you find yourself wishing you could easily share information with colleagues? Even with new technologies like screen-sharing, seamless collaboration is still severely challenged. Document sharing options are awkward, untimely, or both. You find yourself turning your laptop around hoping everyone can see, switching dongles, emailing documents back and forth, or having to "pass the ball" to share documents online. 

At Oblong, we know it can be frustrating to have the newest devices at your fingertips with no easy way to share information between them. This is especially challenging in meetings when you really need to get work done. This is why we created Mezzanine™. Mezzanine is a collaborative conference room solution that makes it easy for teams to share any content, from any device with anyone, anywhere. Its unique technology solves collaboration challenges for teams by creating a unified work session to share information from multiple devices across multiple screens. It provides the opportunity to reach through and edit information in applications on the fly. It goes beyond screen sharing and video conferencing to empower each team member to be a first-class contributor to the work at hand. 

Mezzanine empowers teams to work seamlessly together in real time. With instant, easy access to information, Mezzanine removes roadblocks to decision making and enables teams to fluidly collaborate. The days of frustrating, unproductive, boring meetings are in the past. Once you experience Mezzanine, you’ll want to use it for all of your meetings. Learn more about how Mezzanine supports next-generation work processes or schedule a demo in one of our eight demo facilities.

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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