This past year has been full of momentum and growth for Oblong. With the addition of Accenture, Boeing, NTT, NASA Aeronautics, Sarah Cannon, and IBM as our customers, we have seen a 50+% growth in revenue year-over-year. After installing custom solutions or our flagship product Mezzanine™, each company is now able to visualize data and link international teams, global assets, and content in a more visual, engaging, and collaborative way.
Oblong's Founder and CEO, John Underkoffler, had the following to say about the company's explosive growth:
We’ve really just scratched the surface of how broadly this technology will be adopted -- though we’re moving toward critical mass. The way we interact with computers hasn’t changed for 30 years. Now it’s time for the world to step across the threshold of an entirely different way of working. We believe the concept of Infopresence is the core of this ‘future of the work’. It’s here today and deployed in some the world’s largest companies—but we’re also adding to those cutting-edge implementations with strong interest and adoption further down the enterprise scale spectrum.
As Oblong's lead generation grew by 150% year-over-year and its pipeline by 50%, it was possible for us to grow our company's staff members by 50% and open offices in Atlanta and Los Altos. Some of our strategic senior hires include:
- Vice President of Marketing – Lilian Bories, an experienced marketing leader with previous roles at Nestle and Avery Dennison
- Vice President of Hardware Engineering – Ed Suski, an electrical engineer and former chief technology officer for divisions of GE and United Technologies
- Head of Federal Sales – Mike Friedel, a federal sales and management expert, specializing in complex enterprise-wide solution sales formerly with Akamai and ATG
- Head of EMEA Channel Partners – Steve Pryor, an AV industry veteran hailing from Cisco
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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.