Virtual Reality Data Visualization is simply visualization of analytics in 3D environment. We have been accustomed to watching, reading and interpreting data in excel sheet or a video format. But with VR, user can see the data in 3D environment; interact with it, manipulate it, scale it as per their requirement and move around it. In this article, we will talk about Virtual Reality Data Visualization and how it can help you.
Data Visualization in Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality?
Be it Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality, data can be visualized on both the technologies. But viewing it in VR provides users the opportunity to view the data like never before. Users can surround themselves with numbers, charts, bar graphs and other graphical elements. Since there is no distraction, and users are completely immersed in the environment, users can pay attention to minuscules data, which often gets missed while seeing it on a paper or a video. With the help of controllers and the VR software, users can also design/create data inside the VR environment.
What really makes VR Data Visualization work in VR?
Virtual Reality heightens the presence of the user. You are completely immersed in the virtual environment and the entire focus is on the content. What is really interesting, is that you can invite your colleagues to view the virtual graphs in VR, create different scenarios and change data as per your need and requirement just like you do in an excel sheet. VR really makes VR Data work, as users can quickly grasp and recall the value for later discussions, something which is really difficult to learn from the excel sheet. According to various studies, users in VR learn and recall better as compared to using traditional methods.
How is Augmented Reality Data Visualization different from VR?
Data in Augmented Reality simply overlays the numbers/pictures/statistics in the real-world. Unlike VR, user is not completely immersed, instead they can use their smartphone, hover the device over card or simply on a table or on an object and view it. This is less immersive as compared to VR, in which user can find themselves in different scenarios.
Now, that you know how VR can help you to visualize data, it is important to understand Data visualization in terms of understanding the user movement, gaze and actions.
Virtual Reality + Bio-Sensors + Gloves = Analyzing consumer behavior
Many companies are using Virtual Reality to train their employees. But simply training the employees isn’t enough. Companies need to also analyze employee’s behavior and give feedback. This is where employers can use Virtual Reality to generate Data and visualize it on a dashboard and make interpretations.
Virtual Reality combined with Bio-Sensors and Gloves can help employers to collect data like never before. Imagine a scenario, where an employer has created a virtual training module. The employee is inside the environment and complete the entire module. The employer can analyze where did the employee looked, where did he gaze, how many errors he made and give a detailed report to the employee.
So, as you can see Virtual Reality can help you to visualize data and create data as well.