Recently at the TED 2009 conference professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin from the University of California showed us the AlloSphere. For me, this was clearly one of the many highlights of this years TED event!
Visualizing, hearing and exploring complex multi-dimensional data provides insight that is essential for progress in a number of critical areas of science and engineering, where the amount and complexity of the data overwhelm traditional computing environments.
The AlloSphere Research Facility is differentiated from conventional virtual reality environments by its seamless surround-view capabilities and its focus on multiple sensory modalities and interaction. Building the AlloSphere was not an off-the-shelf enterprise. Designing a large-scale multimedia environment to deliver rich, coherent, interactive, high-resolution 3D video and audio streams from voluminous amounts of scientific data, all in real-time, was a non-trivial computational and systems engineering task that involved a significant number of faculty from diverse disciplines.
You might think of it as part of the emerging Metaverse/Multiverse as the video below is in a sense a Google Maps application or Mirror World for your brain, cells and molecules.
A truly amazing video, especially considering the huge implications for future research and innovation.