Helixaeon’s Time Helix has a unique way of visualizing time-based data as a fractal-nested helix. Helixaeon was recently awarded US Patent #10,185,933 for their interactive, multi-dimensional data visualization that’s able to “generate a representation of the length of time as a view of a three dimensional (3D) helix wherein each revolution of the 3D helix corresponds with an iteration of the cyclic period.”
I had a chance to talk with Helix co-founder Alex Bowles at Oculus Connect 5 about how visualizing data displayed as cycles of time can help to detect underlying patterns in sets of big data, but also provide a direct embodied experience of complex systems such as the threats that we’re facing from climate change. Helix is moving beyond the linear depiction of time and their innovative Helix visualization of cyclical time has the potential to help us understand more about our past as well as understand predictions about the future so that we can make better decisions today.
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