There are a number of data visualization prototypes developed in Imaginea labs, which are supported in platfoms like Oculus Go, mobile AR/AR and browsers. This post consists of a brief description on each of them with the respective demo video and blog post links.
Earthquake and tsunami visualization in VR
This visualization shows the earthquake and tsunami data scattered on the globe, which helps us derive some interesting insights like relating the occurrence of earthquakes with the occurrence of tsunami etc. This visualization was specifically developed for Oculus Go platform and published in Oculus store as a beta version. The solid bars which are pointing outward from the globe represent the magnitude and the transparent bars which are pointing inward represents the depth. The colors signify the magnitude type like body-wave, surface-wave, regional, etc. For more information, the user can point the go controller on the data of interest. The globe can be rotated to see the other side by choosing the rotate mode and rotating the controller accordingly. The same controller is used for changing the time and seeing the respective data within the time range by choosing the time mode.
This visualization is a simulation of 24 to 30 GPS satellites orbiting around the globe and their respective coverage on it. This visualization also serves as an exploratory tool where users can analyse the coverages by switching on/off different satellites, freezing at any point of time with forward and rewind controls, zoom in/out and rotating the visualization. This visualization was also built for Oculus Go platform.
Read more for the key learnings and the usability guidelines for data visualization in VR
This visualization shows the world wide COVID19 data plotted on the globe, which was developed using ARcore for mobile platforms so that users can walk inside and around the date to have different perspectives of the same. They can also move close to the data points to have a zoom in view.
The users can see the country wise data and then drill down to state/provinces wise data to derive insights. The graphs like confirmed/recovered/death vs time, Number of infected person vs age are shown. More
WebGL for Visualization
All the above visualizations were targeted for a specific platform like Oculus go or mobile. The future works will be a common web application which allows the users to interact through browser and alsol provide an option to view the visualization in VR/AR space. To achieve this a key knowledge on the currently available WebGL frameowrks is needed. The post “Popular Webgl Frameworks” deals with some of the best available frameworks and also helps us in choosing one among them based on our requirements. More
Our Initial Works
The post “A Journey to the Virtual World” consists of our initial data visualization prototypes which were targeted for mobile VR platforms, screenshots, the modes of interactions and other challenges that we have faced during our initial stage.