According to Oblong CEO John Underkoffler, We created Rumpus specifically to help distributed teams achieve the kind of cognitive synchrony that makes sustained collaborative work hum. With the addition of Windows support, Rumpus now serves the entire community of remote workers, the millions of contributors whose daily work cries out for radically better tools - and specifically tools for true collaboration.
Oblong defines true collaboration in terms of empowerment for every meeting participant. The company believes that technology should augment human capability and elevate the collective intelligence of teams. When every collaborator can contribute equally, easily, and simultaneously, team purpose, spirit, and productivity all benefit.
Rumpus enables multiple streams of visual material to be concurrently accessible to collaborators alongside tools to improve communication in the moment. For voice and video, it pairs seamlessly with videoconferencing solutions from Cisco Webex or BlueJeans, and comes standard with a built-in audio-only chat function for teams who want to keep the focus on content. Personal cursors, visible to everyone in the meeting, help focus attention on particular details. Emojis, the language of the social web, make for quick interaction without interrupting the flow of conversation. It's clear team members feel more connected and engaged when the tools of expression are readily available.
Oblong invites remote workers and those who work with them to participate in the public beta of Rumpus and to start making Rumpus their go-to place to collaborate online. Visit rumpus.co to get started. It's free for teams on Mac OS and Windows 10 during beta. Feedback is welcome at rumpus.co.