Data Visualization Kinetica, in action.

Published on April 30th, 2014 | by Travis Korte

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Data You Can Touch

The Kinetica iPad app brings spreadsheets into the multi-touch era, letting users manipulate and explore data with natural gestures. The app, developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, displays a spreadsheet’s data as colored spheres and offers a variety of ways to rearrange the information or pull out certain data points to make comparisons. The app’s creators see Kinetica as a proof of concept for a more intuitive approach to data visualization.

The app will soon be available on the iOS App Store.

Take a look.

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About the Author

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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