“Visualization Wall” Offers an Immersive Data Experience
Earlier this month, Penn State University’s Hulk Institutes of Life Sciences installed a 7-by-13-foot “visualization wall” at the school’s Millennium Science Complex. The wall is equipped with touchscreens that allow users to expand, contract, and manipulate images and data on the fly. In the future, the wall may be able to detect users’ hand gestures from a distance. The device’s creators hope it will enable professors in the biological sciences to rapidly and intuitively illustrate data for their students. One user, a professor of infectious diseases, says that being able to immerse students in biological and genomic information will ultimately improve their intuitive grasp of the data’s patterns and variations.