Speakers: John Underkoffler and Kate Hollenbach, Oblong Industries
Time: Wednesday, September 7, 6-8pm
Location: USC’s Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), Room 122
This seminar will feature a presentation and discussion of Oblong’s g- speak Spatial Operating Environment. This commercial platform is the functioning, real-world incarnation of the gestural computation technology first envisioned in the film Minority Report, which was itself also designed by Oblong. Today, g-speak is the basis of a growing collection of applications and products that are transforming work in fields including design, engineering, education, media production, financial services, logistics, bioinformatics, and aerospace. (IMD’s own g-speak system is being expanded and re- installed in the RZC’s new mocap volume).
Kate Hollenbach is a designer and programmer at Oblong; she joined the company from a background in data visualization, graphic design, and computer science at at MIT, RISD, Google, and IBM. She now leads the interface design for Mezzanine, Oblong’s turnkey product for shared- workspace collaboration.
John Underkoffler is Oblong’s co-founder and Chief Scientist. His earlier stints at the MIT Media Lab and as science & technology advisor to a variety of films involved design and implementation of radically new animation, visualization, and interaction techniques.