System immerses users in 3-D
BAE Systems (London, UK) has teamed up with Daden (Birmingham, UK) to develop an immersive 3-D system that allows participants from across the globe to analyze and visualize shared data.
The application -- designed by Daden -- will import historic or real-time information from different sources ranging from databases and web feeds, through social network and computer network data, to real-world sensors, GPS trackers, and CCTV cameras.
Users will be able to view the data in a variety of environments, including 1:1 models of real-world spaces for security applications, a virtual command center for operations management ,and a configurable 3-D "holodeck" space for more abstract data. In addition to conventional 2-D display, the system will be able to plot both graphs and networks in 3-D, easing the burden of analyzing large quantities of multidimensional data, and showing video feeds and images.
As with any data visualization system, users will be able to filter, sort, and manipulate views of the data sets that the system will record for future use. In addition, multiple users from across an organization, represented by avatars, will be able to meet inside the data, discuss it, and refer to web pages and documents.
The system will be developed at Daden's offices at Birmingham Science Park Aston.
-- By Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Vision Systems Design