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Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities

Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities | visual data | Scoop.it

Google Maps has now added London to an impressive roster of 3D-mapped cities that also includes Paris, Rome, New York and Los Angeles. By piecing together 45-degree aerial imagery, the Google mapping team has been able to recreate entire cities.

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Virtual reality: the 1990s technology set to change the design world

Virtual reality: the 1990s technology set to change the design world | visual data | Scoop.it
As Facebook buys Oculus and Sony reveals its own VR device, Dezeen investigates what the resurgence of this old school technology means for designers.


Oculus VR was already big before Facebook bought the virtual reality headset maker for $2 billion. "Oculus has the potential to be the most social platform ever," said Mark Zuckerberg in a call to Facebook's investors, while his announcement post painted a picture of the world donning headsets to watch tennis, study in classrooms and consult with doctors.

Facebook sees Oculus Rift as a chance to profoundly transform communication, and to the gaming industry it's a generational leap in electronic entertainment. But there's more to virtual reality. It's as much a creative tool for designers and architects, as it is a new medium for designers to explore, and a close and personal way of experiencing the creations of others...

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, April 7, 3:55 AM

Another nice Oculus article focusing on using it for Design.

Here are two others on the recent sales which are worth a quick read.

Musings on the Oculus sale
http://www.raphkoster.com/2014/03/25/musings-on-the-oculus-sale/

and

Oculus was the future of gaming. Now it’s the future of Facebook.
http://boingboing.net/2014/03/25/oculus-vr-could-have-changed-b.html

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3D Generative Visualizations of Scientific Theories by MRK

3D Generative Visualizations of Scientific Theories by MRK | visual data | Scoop.it

Based in London, MRK creates incredible 3D generative visualizations of scientific theories. The diagrams shown at the link of organelles and cellular processes, as well as many other mind-blowing works, are available for purchase as prints as well. Watching The Flow below as well as the video below it is suggested, as it shows ten to the power of minus five as you travel through a capillary into a world of red and white blood cells, and into a lymphocyte to see its porous nucleus.

See more brilliant work by MRK on his website.

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An Artist Who Turns Data Into 3-D Displays

An Artist Who Turns Data Into 3-D Displays | visual data | Scoop.it

We’re deep in the midst of a data viz heyday. Infographics are ubiquitous, presenting facts and data sets in straightforward ways that are, by design, easy to understand.

 

Willem Besselink takes a different approach by translating directed sets of information into physical forms. What’s not explicit, however, are the complex stats that inspire each work.

Each new installation is dictated by its own unique guidelines and rules, which themselves are based on a number of dependent variables, including site-specifics, materials, color scheme, and budget. “Setting these up and following them all through the project allows--or forces--me to do what needs to be done,” he says, in part following the lead of “hero” Sol Lewitt’s Sentences on Conceptual Art.

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Stacey Petzold's curator insight, May 17, 2013 8:21 AM

For anyone who runs a business, maintains a calendar or does any statistical business related tasks - here is an artistic take on graphs.  Look at your charts - and think about taking them a step further...Enjoy!

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Video Montage of Kinect Depth Data Visuals in 3D

Video Montage of Kinect Depth Data Visuals in 3D | visual data | Scoop.it
If you're looking for a visual one stop shop of everything the kinect has to offer, look no further than this great video pieced together by Perry Hobbman. Everything from point cloud data to particle effects and dispersion are included.
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Minimalist projection mapping & real-time graphics

Minimalist projection mapping & real-time graphics | visual data | Scoop.it

Portal 1.0 is a low-key-yet-awesome experiment in real-time graphics.

A new video by Raven Kwon called Portal 1.0 is an experiment in real-time graphics getting projected on to the surfaces of four cardboard boxes. The project was made using Processing and is an updated version of the artist's prior test work, which can be watched at the link.

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3-D Data Visualization: How State of the Art Technology Enhances Research

3-D Data Visualization: How State of the Art Technology Enhances Research | visual data | Scoop.it

For graduate student Deven Vignali, the three-dimensional data visualization center at Montana Tech has made his life easier.

He’s using the $60,000 state-of-the-art software and tracking system to conduct research for his master’s thesis, proving that passive seismic acquisition techniques can be used to monitor geo-thermal resources, as in hot springs.

It’s the fastest high-performance computing system within Montana academia, said Jeff Braun, head of the Tech computer engineering and software engineering departments.

The system has 10 teraflops of theoretical speed and 1.5 terabytes of memory. Translation: It is equal to between 200 to 400 times the memory of a typical home laptop computer.

That’s why, compared to a regular desktop, the 3-D center greatly reduces research time.

Additionally, Vignali has used only 5 percent of the program’s capabilities, so it has a lot more to offer...

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Watch Iconic Skylines Emerge Before Your Eyes

Watch Iconic Skylines Emerge Before Your Eyes | visual data | Scoop.it

Corporate real estate data offers unexpectedly riveting views into the past.


Calgary-based real estate company Cube Cities has put together a series of 3-D animations that offer a mesmerizing look at the development of the modern cityscapes of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Calgary, and Toronto. The videos overlay developer-reported data on construction dates on 3-D mapping technology from Google Earth.

Cube Cities is a new company focused on combining commercial real estate listings with Google Earth visualizations, in an effort to provide customers with a better idea of how prospective office space fits into a city's landscape. After signing up, you can zoom around and get a sense of, say, the views overlooking the Chicago River from the 40th floor of a specific skyscraper.

Developers used the video project to play around with representation models, so each of the videos use slightly different methods to indicate new buildings. In a particularly cool effect, the San Francisco animation begins with clear outlines of the current skyline, and viewers watch as the phantom city turns solid as time moves forward.

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Francois Brosseau's curator insight, August 13, 4:42 PM

Demand for office space by corporate tenants and businesses have fueled the growth of cities and their changing skylines.  We can indeed give credit to visionary developers taking on the development risk, but at the very root of development is demand which arises from the success of corporate and business tenants.

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These Wonderful 3D Infographics Are Taller Than You

These Wonderful 3D Infographics Are Taller Than You | visual data | Scoop.it

Belgian studio Coming Soon is all about making it big. Their Hand Lettering creations filled a giant chalkboard with letters in a variety of fonts and styles. And with Infographics XXXL, they’ve taken actual graphs and blown them up to a huge size for a client that specializes in the research of nanobodies.

The result is that, instead of casually glancing at the same old pie chart or bar graph, shareholders have something to keep their gaze on the numbers, like a blurry scientist walking by human-size bars or holding up a literal piece of the pie.


See a selection of Coming Soon’s giant infographics at the article link.

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Jennie Munson's comment, May 1, 2013 10:57 AM
very cool