A Whiteboard Connected to Everywhere
For as long as we’ve had the internet, we’ve imagined a more flexible workplace that allows people to work remotely, from home, and from different offices more freely. The biggest obstacle to this reality has always been the lack of face to face collaboration. The Bluescape enterprise collaboration product brings us one step closer to reducing the virtual distance between teams and individuals who need to work together over great distances.
We partnered with Obsura Digital to turn a great technology with limitless potential into a product as simple to use as a whiteboard, but with the power of a computer.
What is Bluescape?
Bluescape is a new kind of digital whiteboard. It may be as small as a poster, or as large as an entire conference room wall. Bluescape boards in separate offices are connected, allowing remote teams to collaborate together as if they are in the same room. Individuals can use their personal tablets and computers to collaborate at home, or to throw content to the board in the room. And of course, the board can take advantage of all kinds of digital materials a normal white board cannot: webpages, digital schematics, 3D models, video, and much more.
While the technology allowed for near limitless potential, our task was to make it approachable. Over a span of 3 months, we provided the team with a series of concepts they could use as a foundation for the work ahead of them.
Because there is no consumer product on the market quite like it, we developed completely new interaction models that allow users to control an interface the size of a room, and methods for the wall mounted experience to work well alongside tablets and computers. While the canvas was nearly limitless, we saw from user tests that people were stunted and confused by the freedom. Instead, we introduced some sense of boundaries and space so that people would understand how to use the space.
Fundamental concepts such as understanding where other people are, and throwing sticky notes onto the wall needed new design thinking. By nature, most people will only use the product intermittedly, and so the tolerance for a learning curve is very low. We created concepts we were confident even a new user with very little technical comprehension could understand.
Bluescape realized a dream of putting people together, who were actually great physical distances from one another. Today, early version of the product are in the hands of some great companies.