Nov 17 2008

Oblong – Seeing Is Believing

At Foundry Group, we’ve been talking about human computer interaction (HCI) as one of our key investment themes.  Our premise behind HCI is that the way humans interact with computers is going to change radically over the next 20 years.  If you roll forward to 2028 and look back to today, the idea of being tethered to a computer via a mouse and keyboard is going to be a "quaint" as using the punch card or a cassette tape as a primary data storage medium.

Rather than try to explain Oblong, take a look (it’ll take three minutes – it’s worth it, I promise.)


g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo.

We invested in Oblong a year ago although, as I wrote in my post on their site titled Science Fact, my interaction with the people involved in the company dates back to 1984.  John Underkoffler, the original mind behind all of this, also writes about how Oblong came to be.

Oblong’s products are real and shipping today – take a look at the commercial overview and well as the description of the various layers of g-speak.

Now this is innovation with a capital I.