Oblong Industries Inks Contract with NASA Aeronautics to Deliver Immersive Collaboration
MezzanineTM by Oblong will connect engineers and researchers across the U.S. to help propel innovation at NASA’s Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program
LOS ANGELES, CA, 15 June, 2016 – Oblong Industries, the developer of spatial operating environments for the new era of collaborative work, today announced it has been awarded a contract to equip NASA Aeronautics with Mezzanine, Oblong’s proprietary immersive collaboration solution .
Mezzanine transforms meetings into visually engaging work sessions characterized by Infopresence — the immersive, content-rich experience that delivers a heightened level of real-time collaboration. The solution is designed to surround collaborators with vital data and interactive information from multiple sources to foster better decisions and faster innovation — whether users are in the same room or spread across multiple locations.
In support of NASA’s Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP), Mezzanine will help facilitate the program’s initiatives to cultivate multi-disciplinary, revolutionary concepts that drive aviation transformation. TACP creates the environment for researchers to experiment with new ideas, perform ground and small-scale flight tests, explore technology feasibility, and perform rapid iterations on viable concepts.
Mezzanine will specifically be used as part of the TACP Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) project. CAS teams merge traditional aeronautics disciplines with non-aeronautic advancements to realize new capabilities in commercial aviation.
“NASA embodies true innovation, and its TACP believes that basic aeronautics technologies can be revolutionized by allowing teams to work in dynamic environments,” said Oblong founder and CEO John Underkoffler. “Our convictions are exactly analogous: Mezzanine was developed specifically to help innovators work together and solve problems difficult or impossible to address any other way. So we are honored to play a role in NASA’s breakthroughs. When meaningful collaboration generates inspired outcomes, the world is the beneficiary. NASA is the perfect place for Mezzanine to accomplish this mission.”
Oblong will install 10 Mezzanine systems across four NASA Aeronautics research centers: Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, and Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley’s Moffett Field, California.
To learn more about Oblong and its Mezzanine solution, visit www.oblong.com .
For more information about NASA Aeronautics, visit www.nasa.gov/aero .
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About Oblong Industries
Oblong Industries’ innovative technologies change the way people work, create, and communicate. With roots in more than two decades of research at the MIT Media Lab, Oblong’s flagship product, Mezzanine™, is an immersive visual collaboration solution that defines the next era of computing: multi-user, multi-screen, multi-device, multi-location. Mezzanine’s groundbreaking Infopresence™ capabilities multiply the effectiveness of distributed organizations and catalyze new, more effective, more collaborative workflows. Oblong is headquartered in Los Angeles and supplies Mezzanine systems to Fortune 500 enterprise customers and reseller partners.