The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum, in association with the AIA|LA Technology in Architectural Practice Committee and ABC Imaging, is pleased to announce the next event in a monthly series focusing on the intersection of Design and Information Technology.


An Exploration in Shared Space
at Oblong Industries

DATE: Thursday April 26, 2012   FREE      
TIME: 6pm wine and cheese with informal technology demos, 7pm lecture
WHERE: Oblong Industries, 923 E. Third St. Unit 111, Los Angeles, CA 90013
PARKING: Limited street parking. Please consider carpooling.

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We are excited to announce the next LADTF event will be an evening with John Underkoffler: designer of the fictional computing systems in the film "Minority Report" and co-founder of the very real Oblong Industries. With his team at Oblong, John has pioneered the "spatial computing" movement, redefining the relationship between the computer, the user and the physical environment.

The rapidly declining cost of pixels allows the digital world to break out of its traditional frame and become embedded in the physical world. But how does that change the user experience? Oblong Industries is dedicated to radical innovation of the relationship between computer and user, pioneering a new set of approaches that knits together the entire user experience across all computers and screens - and when they say all, they mean ALL. The era of one human, one mouse, one screen, one machine is giving way to what's next: multiple participants, working in proximity and remotely, using a groundbreaking spatial interface to control applications and data seemlessly spread across every display.

We will meet at Oblong Industries headquarters in Little Tokyo where you will have the opportunity to try the spatial operating environment. Please RSVP for this event.



John Underkoffler
Chief Scientist, Oblong Industries

John leads Oblong's technological vision. His foundational work at the MIT Media Laboratory included innovations in real-time computer graphics systems, 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 is also active on several boards and serves as adjunct professor in the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Oblong Industries   John @ TED


Minority Report, 2002. Fictional spatial operating environment design by John Underkoffler


Oblong Spatial Operating Environment

About the LADTF:

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is a collective organization representing a wide cross-section of architecture and engineering firms and academic institutions around the Los Angeles basin. It serves to increase awareness of technological innovations in design and construction, and to foster their application throughout the Los Angeles design community. By connecting a diverse audience of designers, engineers, builders and owners who have widely varying conceptions of technology in their work, we hope to create new opportunities for efficiency and creativity.

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is coordinated by Marty Doscher, Reg Prentice, Dennis Shelden, Randy Jefferson, and Kurt Komraus.

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