Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Opp: Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opening in Games@NCSU

A post-doc opportunity at NC State in digital gaming.

Opp: The 2011 GDC Scholarship is now open

Via NCSU's Digital Gaming Initiative:
There is an excellent opportunity for students to attend GDC. GDC is a very industry focused event, primarily attended by industry workers. Not a lot of academic content, but always a good opportunity to network and job hunt.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Find: Norman calls for change in design education

Design education needs more tech, science and psych. But it can never leave its roots in art and craft.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Find: next web wave -- decoupling design from content

Dylan Tweney, Wired: the "undesigned web". Decoupling medium from message ( design from content, expression from idea) is the next web wave, allowing focus on consumer rather than producer. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Course: Intro to the Digital Humanities

David Rieder and his colleague Tim Stinson over in CHASS (humanities et al. at NCSU) will be teaching a graduate course on digital humanities in the coming spring. Sounds interesting! See below for detail.

Opp: SIGGRAPH 2011 Student Volunteers

Volunteering at SIGGRAPH is a great way to familiarize yourself with the event, if you have never been to it, or are just getting started.

And, Vancouver is a great town.



Sunday, November 21, 2010

Find: nyt vizzes it readership in search of profit

Hmm sabbatical at the times....

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New York Times Looks for Answers in Data

High up on the 28th floor of the New York Times, a pair of researchers have been poring over the newspaper’s data, looking to understand the way influence plays out online. What Mark Hansen, a UCLA statistics professor on sabbatical, and Jer Thorp, a data artist in residence at the Times, have found is that stories take on a life of their own, which can be mapped and visualized in some startlingly beautiful ways. The work, still “crazy” preliminary, shows how organizations are looking to mine their data to find ways to improve their operations. And it also shows the challenges that lay ahead in trying to turn the data into clear actions.

Hansen and Thorp, who talked at a TimesOnline event last night, took two weeks of August data from the paper, looking at how stories were shared through the Times’ site, Bit.ly and Twitter. The pair built a tool that allowed them to see the life of a story, from where it first began as a URL tweeted by the Times to being retweeted and shared again and again. The tool can render a simple timeline, a wheel with spokes or a radar view showing spikes of tweets. But it can also go 3-D, creating a funnel that expands over time as stories keep getting shared.

By visualizing the data, Hansen and Thorp were able to isolate “cascades,” a chain of events that extend the life of a story, and can identify who has the influence online to keep it going. For example, a column by Paul Krugman inspired modest sharing but took off when Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media, retweeted it. In other cases, like the story of the flight attendant who escaped down the plane’s slide, the cascades are more dynamic and complicated.

While it’s still quite early, Hansen said the next steps will be to make the project handle both real-time and archived information. The hope is that the Times can suss out which factors can affect a story’s life, whether it’s the section it’s in or the time it’s released. But this is where the tough part begins. It’s not enough to get the data; now the paper has to ask the right questions of it. As Michael Driscoll, founder of Dataspora and co-founder of Metamarkets (see disclosure below) said in a previous story, analytics is the key to tapping the potential of big data. The ingesting and visualization of data are critical elements but analysis is where companies make their money.

Think of using data as a three-step process. One has to have the data, then ask the data the right questions, then act upon the information. But with more data available to people, the number of questions that can be asked expand. It’s kind of like suddenly...

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Find: summary of viz workshop "Telling Stories with Data"

Interesting tools and ideas 

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Telling Stories with Data, A VisWeek 2010 Workshop

This is a guest post by Joan DiMicco, who heads the IBM Visual Communication Lab. Matt McKeon, Karrie Karahalios, and Joan hosted a workshop on Telling Stories with Data. These are the highlights.

What is a story? In a classic sense, a story has characters, events, and a progression. In our postmodern, meta-obsessed culture, we also tend to think about story in terms of the identities of the author and audience.

Now what if the story involves data? How does visualization support telling a story with data? How do journalists think about data visualization as part of their stories? How can visualization tools help data storytellers construct narratives?

At VisWeek 2010 in Salt Lake City, Matt McKeon, Karrie Karahalios, and I organized a workshop to explore this topic of Telling Stories with Data. We were initially motivated by our observation that people often use visualization to share personal perspectives and to tell stories about social situations.

For example, in May of this year, Matt was interested in exploring how Facebook's default privacy settings have changed over time. To that end, he created a visualization to illustrate their evolution. Matt then posted the visualization to his website, along with some explanatory text that further communicated his point of view. At the time, Facebook's privacy policy changes were a trending news topic, and the visualization spread rapidly through Twitter, Facebook, and several news blogs. Through use of animation and appropriate metaphor, this visualization told a simple yet compelling story: the information you put on Facebook is visible to larger and larger groups of people.

Yet the things that we found most striking about reaction to this visualization went beyond the issues we tend to think about as visualization designers. Matt found that changing a single sentence in the framing text of the visualization radically altered the nature of the comments that people made. Furthermore, as the story spread, people retold it as their own story, using the data visualization to describe elements from their personal experiences with Facebook.

This suggests factors that transcend the boundaries of "Visualization Design 101" and that affect the creation,...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Talk: Mike Vrhel on digital color management

An interesting talk on the technology of color matching and reproduction. Mike Vrhel of Artifex Software at 1p this Friday 11/19, at EBII 2213. Abstract and detail below.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Meet: abs & pics -- IEEE Information Visualization conference part 2

Hey folks,

We didn't get very far into the conference last week, with all the introductions of new attendees we were doing. So today we're picking up where we left off.

Our meeting time today, and for the forseeable future, is 330PM.

Come back to this post soon for thoughts on what we found.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Find: a digital shape site

An interesting looking site collecting 3D models and tools: http://www.aimatshape.net/resources

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Find: A six foot interactive iphone

Sure, showing an image and boasting wildly is one thing, but it's another thing entirely to see something as outlandish as this functioning on video. The gurus behind the Table Connect for iPhone have returned, using a jailbroken iPhone, a dedicated app (for now) and a freshly washed hand to demonstrate what iOS looks like on a 58-inch multitouch table. We've got to say -- for early software, it sure is snappy. Of course, practicality is still in question, but who ever cared about that? Head on past the break and mash play.

[Thanks, Bogdan]

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Find: New text input for mobiles

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Find: Nielson Study Says People Ignore Generic Photos Online

Yes, people give more attention to info rich images, but which is more persuasive? Is no imagery better than generic imagery?

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Study Shows People Ignore Generic Photos Online

An eye-tracking study by online design expert, Jakob Nielsen, found that people tend to ignore generic images online.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Talk: Sherry Turkle of "Second Self", Nov 4

Terry Shurkle is a well known expert in the sociology of technology, and her book "The Second Self" is very well known. She'll be talking on November 4, 4pm at the NCSU student center on the topic "Alone together: new intimacies and solitudes of the digital age."

Paper: GeneaQuilts: A System for Exploring Large Genealogies

In collaboration with Anastasia Bezerianos, Pierre Dragicevic and Jean-Daniel Fekete of INRIA, we recently published a paper applying quilts, our new visualization for layered graphs, to genealogy. Anastasia will present the work at this week's Info Vis conference.
You'll find the citation after the break.

Find: Soft Dev viz - pretty, interesting, jumbled

From uc Davis. Pretty but a bit of a jumble when things get interesting. 

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Software Evolution Storylines

Software Evolution Storylines:

An interesting way to visualize software creation, showing the interactions of developers over time (via Flowing Data).

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Find: Taxonomy of Rap Names

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Exploring computational thinking

How about computational design?

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Exploring computational thinking

Take a minute to think back to some of your past science fair projects or lab experiments. What elements did they have in common? What elements were different?

While every project or experiment may have been unique in the problem they were trying to solve, they all followed the same basic template of title, problem, hypothesis, materials, procedure, data and results, and conclusion. This ability to notice similarities, differences and trends is called pattern recognition. The ability to then extract out the unnecessary details and generalize those that are necessary is called pattern generalization, which leads us to an abstraction.

These are just some of the problem-solving skills that we apply when we design and run an experiment. Other skills include decomposition (the ability to break down a tasks into sub-tasks, e.g., when we specify each of the materials that we'll need to conduct the experiment) and algorithm design (the ability to build a repeatable, step-by-step process to solve a particular problem, e.g., when we create the procedure so that others can understand our process and run that same experiment).

All of these skills make up what we consider to be computational thinking (CT), a set of techniques that software engineers at Google and elsewhere apply all the time to write the programs that underlay the computer applications you use every day, including search, Gmail and Google Maps. Not only is this 21st century skill critical to being successful in the field of computer science, it's also increasingly important to several careers outside of our industry given the ubiquity of technology in our lives today. As a result, many universities have expanded their traditional majors to now also include studies where key components involve computing. For example, computational neuroscience is the study of how the brain learns and computes, using computational principals to understand perception, cognition, memory and motor behaviors; while computational linguistics involves developing algorithms to process natural languages.

With this changing educational landscape in mind, a group of California-credentialed teachers along with our own Google engineers have developed a program called Exploring Computational Thinking, which is committed to promoting CT throughout the K-12 curriculum to support student learning and expose everyone to this critical set of skills. Similar to some of our other initiatives in education, including CS4HS and Google Code University, we're providing educators with access to our curriculum models, resources and communities to help them learn more about CT and discuss it as a strategy for teaching and understandi...

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Rise & Fall of Swivel.com

Post mortem of swivel.com. The first web viz co. By kosara at charlotte. 

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The Rise & Fall of Swivel.com

Swivel.com, a SF-based startup funded by C/Net Founder Halsey Minor quietly shut down. Quite a shame considering big data visualization is so hot. The groundbreaking data visualization company had thousands of users (I was one of them). Less than ten paid for it.

WatchMouse Transaction Monitoring: Set up a public web status page in six minutes!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Find: Newsmap Displays News as a Treemap

Treemap of news. Shows top headlines weighted by coverage. Better than an ordered list?

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Newsmap Displays Local and World News as a Treemap Visualization [Visualization]

Newsmap Displays Local and World News as a Treemap VisualizationNewsmap is a news aggregation tool that organizes news stories, by popularity and volume of reporting, in a visually pleasing treemap—making it extremely simple to see what's going on and how much coverage it's receiving.

At Newsmap you can display news by category (such as World, National, Business, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, and Health) as well as by country (such as U.S., U.K., Spain, Mexico, France, and more). You can combine countries and categories to interesting effect, like selecting only technology news across several countries to see a weighted map of what news stories are popular in each country.

Mousing over a story provides a small pop-up summary and image; clicking on any square in the treemap directs you to the story. You can use the site without registration but registering offers customization and article tracking features such as hiding read articles, toggling previews, adding and removing countries, tweaking the colors and font, and setting what your home view will be. Newsmap is a free service.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Find: social network for scientists.

Science socnet. Journal of negative results. Interesting!

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Matt Cohler Leads Funding for Scientist Social Network

ResearchGATE, a social network for scientists aimed to facilitate their collaboration on research, has raised an unspecified amount of money in its first institutional round of funding. The round is notable in part because it was led by Matt Cohler of Benchmark Capital, the early Facebook and LinkedIn executive who's only made a few venture capital investments so far. Berlin-based ResearchGATE was founded by a group of German scientists including Dr. Ijad Madisch, a medical doctor who is currently conducting research in radiology at Harvard. The site has amassed 500,000 members in the last two years, with strong contingents from biology and medicine, followed by computer science.

For a while there the consensus seemed to be it was a better idea to make every online product social or build on existing platforms rather than create a separate vertical social network. However, niche networks are back, from Apple's Ping to little startups like The Fridge.

The promise of ResearchGATE is that it's a social network that could help real work get done well. Madisch estimates that nearly 80 percent of research is unpublished, so it's not shared with the broader scientific community. If the scientific process could be more open and shared, researchers could collaborate with each other, reduce redundancy, and improve their work. The site today contains 500,000 scientist profiles, along with 2,600 collaborative groups and an aggregated index of 35 million scientific articles. It's already making money through a jobs board. Madisch said he doesn't aim to disrupt the traditional research journal model, but rather to help scientists out in the formulation phase before they publish a study. He added that down the line he'd love for ResearchGATE to publish its own "journal of negative results" (which could actually be pretty awesome).

Participants in the Series A round, led by Benchmark, were Accel Partners and angels including Simon Levene, Michael Birch, Joachim Schoss and Martin Sinner. In a phone interview, Cohler said that he felt ResearchGATE was well-positioned because it was developed out of the needs of its founders. He called scientists a "large and very important market and not well served online" and said he thought improving collaboration tools has the potential t...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Find: email viz from Amy Martin at Cal Arts

Email viz from Amy Martin at Cal Arts, via lab member Alejandro Fonseca.

Benjamin Watson
Design Graphics Lab
Associate Professor
Dept. Computer Science
North Carolina State University
EBII 2280, 890 Oval Dr, Box 8206
Raleigh, NC 27695-8206
Phone: 919-513-0325
Fax: 919-515-7896
Lab: 919-513-0847
Email: bwatson@ncsu.edu
URL: http://designgraphics.ncsu.edu/

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Find: siggraph 2010 resource links

A nice collection of harder to find siggraph content from the rtr folks. 

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SIGGRAPH 2010 resource links

Naty and I (mostly Naty!) collected the links for most courses and a few talks given at SIGGRAPH 2010; see our page here. Enjoy! If you have links to any other courses and talks, please do send them on to me or post them as a comment.

Personally, I particularly liked the "Practical Morphological Anti-Aliasing on the GPU" talk. It's good to see the technique take around 3.5 ms on an NVIDIA 295 GTX, and the author's site has a lot of information (including code).

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Find: ars on trek and hci

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Remains of the Day: Netflix Is Your New Pay-Per-View [For What It's Worth]

Remains of the Day: Netflix Is Your New Pay-Per-ViewNetflix gets access to on-demand-style new releases, the iPad's eerily conceptual appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Google's internal privacy debate revealed, and more.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Find: baseball viz from nytimes

That is one good shop at da times

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Alex Rodriguez joins the 600 club

Alex Rodriguez home run chart

Alex Rodriguez became only the seventh player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs, at a younger age than any of the previous six by far. Amanda Cox and Kevin Quealy of The New York Times visualize home run counts for Rodriguez and other big hitters. It's similar to the graphic NYT designed when Barry Bonds passed Hank Aaron back in 2007, except with this new one, you can sort the home run lines by season or by age.

The above is a sort by age, and the highlighted blue line is Rodriguez' line. Clearly, he got to the 600 line before anyone else.

Sort by season and you'll notice a higher density of home run hitters as time goes on. In the 1900s you have Babe Ruth pretty much by himself, but fast forward to now, and it's a quite a bit more crowded. Of course, we don't know how many names require asterisks.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Find: Wattenberg and viegas at google

That was fast. Wattenberg and viegas move IBM to flowing data to google. 

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That was fast!

It seems like just yesterday (or two blog posts ago) that we announced the beginning of Flowing Media.

But today we are bidding the company adieu. Google managed to snatch us away from Flowing Media with their amazing playground of data to be visualized. (The free food was only a secondary consideration, honest.)

It's been a wonderful, though short, ride at Flowing Media. We hope that our recent TimeFlow analytical timeline project will be a lasting contribution of the fleeting company.

Right now we're at orientation in Mountain View, becoming, as they say, more "googley." In the months to come we'll be starting a visualization group in Google's office in Cambridge, MA. We're very excited about the possibilities!

Stay tuned. :)

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Find: visual intro to HTML 5

Via lifehacker/focus

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Remains of the Day: Cell Phones Will Never Replace Credit Cards [For What It's Worth]

Remains of the Day: Cell Phones Will Never Replace Credit CardsKindle hits the UK, Android hits 200,000 activations per day, the merits of HTML5 explained in depth, the realities of "expensive" local/organic food, and Wired's down-to-earth explanation of why waving your cellphone won't soon replace swiping a card.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Find: Thompson at wired - phone is whithering. Some good thoughts.

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Linkpost | 8.1.2010

Clive Thompson on the Death of the Phone Call – The voice call is a lesser form of communications than others available to us, Thompson says. He thinks the voice call "deserves to die". I kind of agree.

Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks – Three of his phones were taken, and he was later approached by FBI agents at the Defcon Hacking Conference.

Hacker shows how he can intercept cell phone calls with $1,500 device (video) – He claimed at Defcon that he can listen in on 80 percent of the world's phone calls.

Rival Smartphone Attenuation Videos Vanish From Apple's Website – All those videos showing other smartphones' "Death Grip" issues? Yeah, they're history . . . unless you visit the Canadian Apple site or Apple's YouTube channel.

Technologies Help Adult Children Monitor Aging Parents – Services now let you monitor a remarkable number of a senior's activities and vital signs.

Cookie Madness! – Jeff Jarvis says there's nothing new in the Wall Street Journal's series on Web privacy.

Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn't get the iPad – Steve Ballmer says Microsoft-based tablets will run Windows, but that's the whole problem: Windows, and the software the runs on it, isn't designed for touch. That's one big reason why Tablet PCs have failed so far.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Find: Gartenberg says digital uis should stop mimicking analog. Agreed but how else to signal affordances?

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Entelligence: Let's get digital

Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech. In these articles, he'll explore where our industry is and where it's going -- on both micro and macro levels -- with the unique wit and insight only he can provide.

One of the more recent trends in UI design has been the attempt to make the digital appear analog. It arguably started with the NeXT OS, which had photrealistic icons and used a clever gray scale techniques to give three dimensional depth to windows, scroll bars and other elements. Today, Apple's iPhone compass app looks like it might be more at home on an 18th century clipper ship, and the voice recorder app looks at home in a recording studio somewhere around 1950 -- tap on the "microphone" and the VU meter will react much as it would in real life. Google's added subtle 3D effects to Android's app scrolling. I haven't thought that much about this trend until I recently spent some time using Windows Phone 7.

It's perhaps a minor issue but one of the things I like about WP7 is that it's not a digital UI pretending to be analog. The user interface is flat. There are no photorealistic depictions of real world items, no shading, and no 3D effects. Everything is conveyed through the use of fonts, shapes and color. It's digital and it's proud. Overall, I like it, and the more I use it, the more I prefer it. Returning to a more digital approach means Microsoft was able to rethink the nature of applications and services and create the concept of hubs, where like functions meet similar functions without the need for separate applications. It takes some getting used to, but the more I use it, the more natural it feels.

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Find: Google isn't just engineering smart it's people (ok nerd) smart

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Etc: Bored waiting for your Youtube video to load? Hold the left arrow button and you can play a quick game of Snake.

Bored waiting for your Youtube video to load? Hold the left arrow button and you can play a quick game of Snake.

Read More:
YouTube Easter Egg Lets You Play "Snake"

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Skimmed: cool idea -- google cooccurence

Google tracks political allegiances

Search engines provide a rough and ready way to map political relationships

Friday, July 30, 2010

Find: for graphics geeks -- Random graphics paper title generator

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Random graphics paper title generator
via Real-Time Rendering by Naty on 7/12/10

Try it – it's a blast (keep hitting "refresh" to see new titles). Here's a few that I got:
  • Bidirectional Rendering of Caustics for Light Fields
  • Reflective Normal-mapped Light Fields
  • Rendering of Inverse Geometry
  • Texturing of Multi-resolution Geometry using Polygonal Approximation
  • Displacement Mapping of Reflective Geometry for Surfaces
Can't tell them from the real paper titles…

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Find: Google looks to expand with acquisitions

Nice summary of recent google purchases

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Google looks to expand with acquisitions

Google Inc. snapped up at least 15 companies in the first seven months of the year as it fights to protect its online dominance amid rapid transformation in the sector. The Mountain View search king's deals cover the map, as it collects technology and talent...

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Find: A timeline takes its first steps

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A timeline takes its first steps

We are excited to announce the alpha release of TimeFlow: an open-source analytical timeline for reporters. This is a project we've been working on with Sarah Cohen, a Knight professor at Duke University and former reporter at the Washington Post.

The motivation behind TimeFlow comes from Sarah's realization that visual analytical tools for reporters are rare. There are good visual presentation tools out there, but those that allow journalists to mull over hundreds and thousands of data points, slicing and dicing the information as they go along are harder to come by. Given this mandate, we set out to rethink timelines,

striving to always show as much textual detail about the data as possible (a goal dear to reporters that, interestingly, goes against the visualization impulse to always aggregate).

TimeFlow offers five different viewing options: timeline, calendar, bar chart, table and list. There is also considerable flexibility in filtering values, combining filters, and re-arranging points on the screen.

TimeFlow is a Java desktop application. Read more and download the files at the TimeFlow home page.

Give it a spin and let us know what you think!

Also, if you're interested in contributing to the future development of the tool, we welcome help in that front too!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Find: NVidia releases new 3D Vision Pro, OptiX2, SceniX 6

Stereo with rf glasses serve crowds. New geometry shading stuff. 

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NVidia releases new 3D Vision Pro, OptiX2, SceniX 6

Huge day for NVidia.  First the amazing Quadro Fermi series (Read our review of the Quadro 5000), and now new 3D Vision Pro and new AXE systems.  First, let's discuss the impressive new 3D Vision Pro.

NVidia brings their 3D Vision Pro to a new class of applications with one simple change:  Switching from IR transmitters to RF transmitters.  This effectively eliminates line of sight problems, opening the 3D Vision use for crowds of people, multi-screen displays, and VR environments like the CAVE.  Also, this allows them to synchronize glasses to specific displays, as they've done in their impressive SIGGRAPH Booth.  3D is a big driver today, and they've got around a dozen different 3D displays running different demos all around the booth.  Each display has about 4 3d glasses synced to it, and they don't interfere with other displays, nor do the glasses work with other displays.  The display can effectively turn the glasses on and off, without messing with other displays.  This kind of managed interface is critical for large-scale professional applications.

"By providing large scale visualization capabilities and remote management capabilities, NVIDIA is pioneering 3D technology for the enterprise, opening the door for professional users and large scale visualization system integrators to utilize 3D in ways not thought of before."  Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research.

The other big announcement coming out right now is the slew of updates in the AXE suite, the Application Acceleration Engines.  These are the various support technologies based around the NVidia brand like OptiX (ray tracer), SceneX (scene graph) and others.  Today they'are announcing major revisions to several of them.


  • New Bezier Patch geometry class, using Cg tessellation programs for the smoothest of surfaces on NVIDIA Fermi architecture class GPUs;
  • OptiX 2 support for faster, interactive ray tracing;
  • Continued improvements in overall performance and fidelity, and;
  • Future support for iray by mental images.

NVIDIA Cg Toolkit 3

  • New tessellation programs, allowing displacement and procedural surfaces to dynamically adapt their tessellation in real-time on the latest NVIDIA Fermi architecture class GPUs, and;
  • OpenGL 4 and DirectX 11 level of programmability for the latest in portable, cross platform effects.


  • Optimizations for new NVIDIA Fermi architecture class GPUs, delivering up to 4X performance over previous gene...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Find: Looking Beyond Stereoscopic 3D's Revival

Current stereo doesn't match visual focus. 

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Looking Beyond Stereoscopic 3D's Revival

Researchers working in vision and graphics are attempting to develop new techniques and technologies to overcome the current limitations in stereoscopic 3D.

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Find: SIGGRAPH: Future Directions of Graphics Research

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SIGGRAPH: Future Directions of Graphics Research

This afternoon I took in a panel discussion entitled "Future Directions of Graphics Research".  I had expected a panel of experts going into blue-sky visions of research so mind-bending it would leave us all raving lunatics, but instead I found something much different.

The Computer Graphics industry is suffering from its own success.  Recent smashes like Avatar, Toy Story 3, and others have several people thinking that computer graphics is 'done', there's no more research to do.  The technology has matured to the point where we can not only realistically create digital actors, but completely make up alien planets and worlds.  What is possibly left to do?

Such thinking is beginning to impact researchers and academics financially, as government grants are becoming more and more scarce.  Shrinking government budgets doesn't help things, so the academic community has decided to come together and write up a lengthy report to the National Science Foundation (NSF) detailing areas that still need research.

Read the rest of SIGGRAPH: Future Directions of Graphics Research (1,210 words)

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Related posts:

  1. Jon Peddie Research Says the CG market to exceed $150 billion in 2013
  2. OptiTrack to demo Insight & Arena at SIGGRAPH
  3. Envisioning Your Future in 2020

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Find: Poyozo the personal data gatherer

Take a moment and think off all the data you put other there on separate Web services. Email, photos, status updates, documents, location, contacts, and the list goes on. Many of the services are really good, but what if they went down? Where would are your data go? Or what if you could bring all that data into one place, so that you didn't have to login to Flickr, Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook. Poyozo tries to get all your data in one place - on your own computer - and help "make life make sense."

Poyozo gives you your own data back by downloading the information you're currently giving to the web on to your own computer. You can opt-in to importing your data from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Last.fm, Google Calendar, any email service, any RSS feed, Flickr, Wesabe, Listit, Skydeck, Dopplr, your Firefox browsing history, the local weather, and your location, allowing you to access all of this personal data as easily as the companies that run these services can.

Simply install the Firefox plugin, choose what services you want to scrape, and you're good to go. Poyozo then provides an API that you can use to access and query your data. Visualize it any way you want.

Or if you like, you can browse your data through Poyozo's calendar interface. Although at this point, it's still kind of rough around the edges. The data gatherer aspect is personally my main interest.

Watch the video below for more, or check it out for yourself. They've also got a Kickstarter page for Poyozo so that supporters can pitch in.

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Find: 30 Great Visualization Resources in 30 Days

As a visualization expert, the first thing you always have to do when dealing with a new person is explaining what you do.  Many people have seen so many badly done infographics and excel charts that they think that is the state of the art for data visualization, and convincing them otherwise can be difficult.  Juice Analytics has a great new poster available that can turn anyone from ignorant to knowledgeable in 30 days at less than 30 minutes a day.

One of the hurdles we frequently come up against is that people who aren t actively participating in the visualization discussion don t know what s possible. All they ve ever seen in many cases are the confusing dashboards charts and graphs that are all too prevalent from the vendors in our space. You know the ones a thick layer of technology slathered with some gloss and wiggle between two slices of "do it yourself".

It won't make them experts, but at least they won't be ignorant.

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