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NASA harnesses the power of VR & AI for immersive data worlds

NASA is now exploring virtual and mixed reality solutions to improve the understanding and analysis of complex information.

One of the main purposes is to examine the magnitude and proximity of rock formations on Mars. The research is being carried out at California’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory).

NASA has played a crucial role in the evolution of VR, ever since it made significant strides several decades back. The prestigious aerospace organisation still uses VR today due to its many advantages. To help prepare astronauts, NASA and Epic have developed a virtual reality simulation of Mars. Virtual reality equipment has also been useful in learning about mysterious Mars.

Scott Davidoff, the head of JPL’s Human Centered Design Group, and his team have embarked on an endeavour to immerse scientists in a more authentic Martian landscape by integrating footage from the Curiosity Mars rover into virtual reality. According to Davidoff, there is no comparison between walking across a canyon and seeing visuals on a screen.

By immersing scientists in virtual space, complex multidimensional data can be scrutinised with expedience and precision when compared to traditional flat-screen viewing. This innovative experience has inspired the conception of a virtual reality environment capable of displaying intricate, multidimensional data.

Davidoff elaborated further, saying that looking at a schematic of a network as a 3D system changes the way one views it. According to him, the JPL team has built a data-rich universe in which researchers may investigate scientific and technical issues, enhancing their ability to recognise relationships and trends over a flat depiction.

Teaming up with George Djorgovski and Ciro Donalek from the California Institute of Technology, Davidoff and his colleagues have developed pioneering software that employs three-dimensional visualisations to explore the interconnectedness between data points. They established Virtualitics Inc. in 2016 and Davidoff was an early adviser.

The flagship product offered by Virtualitics is software that amalgamates artificial intelligence with three-dimensional visualisation. This groundbreaking tool empowers users to discern patterns and relationships within their data at an accelerated pace when compared to traditional two-dimensional charts.

The programme may be used on desktop machines and in virtual reality settings, and it is interoperable with a number of cutting-edge headsets. Presently, it finds predominant usage in sectors such as banking, retail, and medical research.

From simple spreadsheets to massive databases, this software possesses the capacity to process data without necessitating the relocation of said data from its original source.

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