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On The Verge with Oblong's John Underkoffler, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, and more!

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... but enough hand-waving, let's talk On The Verge. Our last episode this year is today (Tuesday) at 6PM ET (true believers and long-time fans, note that we're starting an hour earlier than last time). It's going to be the Show to End All Shows™ (not actually trademarked, we just like the character) that you won't want to miss.

First up, we took a trip to Oblong industries in Los Angeles to check out the Minority Report-style work they're doing with natural gesture interfaces — truly futuristic stuff. Then Oblong co-founder John Underkoffler — the man who actually designed the interface for the film Minority Report before making it a reality — will join us in studio to talk about a future where science fiction blends into science fact. Additionally, Dieter Bohn sat down with Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins to talk about the challenges in keeping BlackBerry competitive when it reinvents itself for next year's BB10 launch. Plus, of course, hijinks and shenanigans from Paul, Nilay, and Josh.

The show is taping Tuesday, November 20th at 6:00PM at the Manhattan Center TV Studio 1, located at 303 West 34th Street (across the street from Madison Square Garden and adjacent to the Hammerstein Ballroom) in New York City. Tickets will be available starting 5:00PM to give people an equal opportunity to come to the show. Here's what you need to know:

  • There is no admission fee — tickets are completely free.
  • The event is all ages.
  • Ticketing will begin at the TV Studio one hour before the show at 5:00PM on Tuesday. You cannot collect tickets for friends or family — anyone who would like to come must be present to get a ticket.
  • The venue is located at 303 West 34th Street (across the street from Madison Square Garden and adjacent to the Hammerstein Ballroom) in New York City. Directions to the theater can be found below
  • The show length is around an hour.

If you're a member of the media who wishes to attend, please contact us at: rsvp@theverge.com, and we'll try to accommodate you. All other non-media questions can be sent to: OnTheVerge@theverge.com.

Directions (see map here):

Subway

A C E to 34th Street - Penn Station stop, exit on the Northwest corner of 34th and 8th. Studio will be on the right, directly past the Tic Toc Diner.
1 2 3 to 34th Street - Penn Station stop, walk one avenue west on 34th Street .
B D F M N Q R to 34th Street - Herald Square, walk two avenues west on 34th Street.

Bus

Take M20 to the 8th Ave 34th Street stop. Exit the bus and walk west across 8th Avenue. TV Studio will be on the right directly past the Tic Toc Diner.
Take M34 to 8th Ave 34th Street stop.

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