Augmented Reality demands 3D Data Visualization

I’ve just written a post over at the NGRAIN blog, Augmented Reality demands 3D Data Visualization

As Augmented Reality (AR) continues to gain strong momentum, it is clear that data and information now have a physical 3D context, both conceptually and at the point of display. In the past, we were content with excellent 2-dimensional solutions for 2-dimensional displays, free to ignore 3D data viz as fraught with peril and difficult to execute. At a minimum, we must now wrestle with the challenge of presenting 2D visualizations in a 3D world. And, if we limit ourselves to that, we will fail.

On looking beyond two dimensions

I’ve just written a post over at the NGRAIN blog, On looking beyond two dimensions.

If you don’t look at your data it can deceive you. That was true in two dimensions and is true above. If we live in a world of bivariate visualization we will miss important complex patterns because we are not looking for them. The third dimension must be considered when using visualization in analysis just as it must be rejected as a means to jazz up uninspiring pie charts.

Data Visualization Lead at NGRAIN

It’s worth announcing that last month I took a position as Data Visualization Lead at NGRAIN in Vancouver, Canada.

NGRAIN’s vision is to see beyond reality, and to help people accelerate decisions by interacting with the world’s data in 3D. To make that concrete, we are currently developing cutting edge Augmented Reality applications for the industrial enterprise. 3D data visualization is notoriously difficult to execute, but in Augmented Reality we will no longer have a choice but to confront it, as our reality is 3D. Bringing my expertise to this problem will be an exciting challenge and will require great care.

What you see here will continue to be my own views and not those of NGRAIN. I will, however, likely be publishing on NGRAIN’s blog and cross-promoting here.