313: Oblong CEO and Minority Report Science Advisor & Reveals Next Gen Interfaces

Aug 10, 2017
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Way back on episode 146 of my tech podcast, I spoke to Dave Marvit, Fujitsu’s Innovation Strategist and Mohi Ahmed, Director of Open Innovation Gateway about how they were using Oblong’s technology.

Oblong industries produce breathtaking solutions that are best described as like something out of the Minority Report movie, but and in a good way. There is a good reason for that because Oblong CEO John Underkoffler was science advisor to Steven Spielberg.

Many have seen Oblongs tech in Films like the Minority report and the new CBS show called 48 HOURS: NCIS. But they are also winning awards outside of the entertainment industry Oblong’s Mezzanine also featured in Gartner’s “Select the Right Technology for Modern Meeting Rooms” report.

In a mobile- first digital world our work has changed, so workplace collaboration must change too. At Oblong, they believe that working with information, collaborating with colleagues should be a richer experience that is more exciting and stimulating than watching the hottest TV drama or IMAX movie.

Fujitsu created the Open Innovation Gateway (OIG) in the Silicon Valley as a platform dedicated to advancing the implementation of innovative practices. To help drive this innovation, Fujitsu has been using the immersive Mezzanine solution from Oblong to make infopresence a reality.

Think about it. We’ve come to expect thrillingly ambitious visual entertainment but, somehow, in the office, we’re resigned to presentations without visualized data and scenarios that deliver minimal engagement and narrative punch. That’s ironic, because the increasing pace and complexity of business demand the absolute best communication, workplace collaboration, and data visualization that technology can offer.

Oblong understand these challenges and are creating solutions that break the bounds of current workspaces for greater engagement, discovery, and productivity. Because work is changing, workplace collaboration tools need to change for the century we live in—and stretch beyond into the future.

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. Make decisions, create solutions, and engage teams more easily, quickly, and effectively than ever before with Infopresence.

John Underkoffler is founder and CEO of Oblong Industries. Oblong’s technological and design trajectories build on fifteen years of foundational work at the MIT Media Lab, where John was responsible for innovations in real-time computer graphics systems, optical and electronic holography, large-scale visualization techniques, and the I/O Bulb and Luminous Room systems.

He has been science advisor to films including ‘Minority Report’, ‘The Hulk’ (A. Lee), ‘Aeon Flux’, and ‘Iron Man’. John serves on the National Advisory Council of Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and on the Board of Directors of the E14 Fund in Cambridge, MA and of the Sequoyah School in Pasadena, CA. He is the recipient of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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