Published on October 9th, 2013 | by Travis Korte

Big Data Visualization You Can Touch

U.S. aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin has partnered with Norwegian media technology developer Vizrt to create a big data visualization tool that combines real-time data processing and display with sensitive multi-touch hardware. The Multi-touch Executive Dashboard, or MED, can be used simultaneously by multiple users, each of whom has access to various display options and data layers. The first application implemented so far is a dashboard for visualizing data on energy resources, distribution and supply; this data includes real-time weather forecasts and wind data, and could be used by wind farms, power companies and others to optimize resource allocations dynamically.

Vizrt recorded a video of the dashboard in action (above), showing the tool displaying a wide range of geospatial information, from road networks to Doppler radar. In addition to energy, the MED team has envisioned applications in medical imaging, supply chain analytics and defense.

Take a look.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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