VR Data Visualization: More Natural Interactions with Data
While researching on the Buzz Surrounding VR Data Visualization, I found the most common claim being made was that VR allows for more “Natural” interactions with the data. Initially, I thought to myself, how could virtual reality actually make things seem more natural? The fact that it’s called VIRTUAL reality already implies that it’s something unreal and not connected to the natural, physical world. Being in a VR world is completely unnatural because you are immersing yourself in a digitally-constructed reality. But after going through my research, here’s what I found being said on the topic: What helps us connect with our environment in the real world? It is the ability to easily touch and feel the objects around us, isn’t it? But what happens in a digital world? For long, we have relied on mice and keyboards to facilitate this sense of interactivity. But now, with virtual reality, we can gain a more natural sense of interaction by physically pushing buttons, moving the objects around and by even controlling data streams. So, just as you walk around your sofa or computer table, you can literally move around huge volumes of data. Pretty cool, uh? The immersive nature of VR, combined with the more natural presentation of information in VR, allows the user to increase the amount of data they process. […] People can use VR to step inside the massive data sets generated by the business to observe them in a more intuitive and natural way. In doing so, it allows them to process this information more efficiently without going into cognitive overload. The possibilities offered by VR are huge, and nowhere is it more important to businesses than data visualization. The naturalistic way it allows people to interact with virtual objects, the ability it affords individuals to experience the data through all senses – touch, sound, and even smell – mean that there are many opportunities yet to be explored, and data visualization companies should start preparing. We use our hands to feel things around us; virtual reality allows doing this through data visualization. Companies can manipulate data streams, push windows around, press buttons and practically walk around data worlds with the help of VR technology. Consequently, it enables users to make accurate data analysis and facilitates faster decision-making process.