Public beta open for new virtual collaboration tool Rumpus
Monday, March 18, 2019
Rumpus provides simultaneous access to shared screens from meeting participants, and delivers a new layer of communication with shared cursors, annotations, and emojis for signaling sentiment. Rumpus leverages the insights the Oblong team gleaned over six years of work with its enterprise customers on Mezzanine, the company’s flagship product for…
Oblong has announced the public beta of Rumpus, a new visual collaboration application for purely virtual teams designed to be used alongside video conferencing applications.
Rumpus provides simultaneous access to shared screens from meeting participants, and delivers a new layer of communication with shared cursors, annotations, and emojis for signaling sentiment.
Rumpus leverages the insights the Oblong team gleaned over six years of work with its enterprise customers on Mezzanine, the company’s flagship product for expansive pixel-rich collaborative work in a room, between connected rooms, and for off-site collaborators.
The public beta is currently available to join in from the Rumpus website. The platform is initially available for Mac with coming Windows support slated for Q2.
According to Oblong CEO John Underkoffler, “Rumpus completes our portfolio of modern solutions for collaborative work. While Mezzanine already provides the ultimate content-first meeting experience for colleagues collaborating in one room or across multiple rooms, we recognize that team-based work also happens virtually.
"Rumpus delivers Oblong’s core design values around amplification of human cognition and capability while folding the power of Mezzanine into a laptop’s available workspace and it’s the necessary first step on the path to ubiquity for true collaboration.”
Rumpus for virtual teams builds upon a particular insight gleaned from Mezzanine usage. In aggregated opt-in data from Mezzanine customers, Oblong has noted that 62% of the time when users are sharing in Mezzanine, they are sharing multiple forms of content. This means that most of the time, when given the opportunity to share content concurrently, people will.
The new platform is set to offer remote workers the same opportunity to make multiple streams of visual material easily and concurrently accessible. Rumpus also leverages gesture (pointing and movement via cursors) to focus attention, provide emphasis, and communicate specificity. And to further encourage expression and participation Rumpus offers emojis, the language of the social web, to help remote workers feel more connected and engaged.
Recon Research industry analyst Ira M. Weinstein said: “The way people communicate and collaborate is evolving.
“Traditionally, a collaboration session involved a group of people in the same location viewing a single piece of content. An advanced session allowed remote participants to see the same content item. Today, however, many organizations are looking for a more dynamic and agile experience that allows multiple people to contribute content simultaneously from various devices and locations. Rumpus helps address these next-gen expectations.”