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a commercially available ambient data panorama that dynamically reflects the overall "mood" of a rich information environment. the so-called "data atmosphere" reacts in real-time to multivariable changes (e.g. stock market data), that are then mapped to visual counterparts (e.g. ocean waves, sun strength, wind speed, rain). the resulting information display can be interpreted "without cognitive effort".

"once the stock market opens, our 3D simulation comes to life, & people start 'breathing' business information."

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this sounds like something off Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gentley" (where the main character visualizes data using flocks of birds, music and landscapes...)

Tue 23 Oct 2007 at 4:28 PM

Very nice! The 3D rendered visualisation is a very nice approach. I've seen a few stock market data driven ambient computing devices in the past (glowing orb, dangling vibrating string), but none as detailed as this.

I think there is a danger of going too far with the vis though, if you have to concentrate on the display and analyse the scene, you're moving away from the ambient element where you don't even have to focus on the object, a peripheral glance will do.

Tue 23 Oct 2007 at 8:41 PM

This is a beautifully done ambient information display. But come on, applying for a patent?

Mon 29 Oct 2007 at 6:07 PM

Great post, Rob, it describes the panorama and underlying functionality very well!

Thu 28 Feb 2008 at 1:00 PM

sort of like the datafountain

Tue 20 May 2008 at 7:42 PM
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