TOCS Event-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

TOCS Event-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

TOCS Event


Steve Mason


Innovation Advisor, Obscura Digital

Senior Director, Samsung SISA


August 27, 1:30 pm



CMUSV, Rm 118 [directions]

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Title Spatial Operating System Design

Steve Mason talks about the technology, design, and R&D behind a project that he has been leading behind closed doors for almost three years: a multi-user, large-format, collaborative operating system and visual workspace. Taking the next step beyond desktop and mobile, this project exists at the boundary between personal and public space - in the physical & public domain, where group computing can exist as platform for ideation, creative problem solving, and sharing. The technology combines high-end, exotic graphics rendering with "mainstream" human-centered design principles. Through this process, many issues were revealed around our relationship to devices and shelter, our perception of reality, and the future of human-computer interaction.

Speaker Bio

Steve Mason is a creative innovator of experiential technology. He has provided thought leadership, vision, design, and engineering for premier interactive projects - online and around the world. He works holistically across many disciplines, setting new standards in human-centered design and visualization technology. Most recently he has worked at Obscura Digital, cultivating their design practice and building the interactive and immersive media division of the business, as well as functioning as the Product Design Director for Bluescape, a joint venture between Haworth and Obscura. He will be starting work at Samsung Information Systems America this fall as a Senior Director, designing and creating functional prototypes of personal technology products.