"A picture is worth a thousand words" and...
Recent studies indicate that the human mind can analyze complex data better
with images and sounds than in text or numbers. Human factors research
shows that effective data understanding depends upon the presentation
of information in ways that are consistent with the mental model of the
Sound adds nine octaves to the cognitive capabilities.
There is evidence that the ear can perceive many simultaneous data dimensions.
Studies have shown a major difference in cognification of sight versus
sound: our ears can disambiguate composite sounds into their constituents.
Sonic directionality is another powerful perceptual cue for both hunt
and survival. Surround-sound (six or seven independent digital sound channels)
thus provides great advantage to humans desiring to "sound out" data information.
The synchronous combination of visual and auditory
analysis offers new opportunities to:
integrate and correlate multiple data, and
decompose information in their primitives.
Plots and pies have limitations.
Current methods for presenting information have limitations when dealing
with large amounts of information, be they waveforms, pie charts, diagrams,
icons, matrices, etc. Often decision making depends on sifting and integrating
through screenfuls of data: as a result, traditional tools often produce
information overload and confusion instead of insight and decision-making
power. Most attempts at creating new graphic representations (e.g.,
3-D computer graphics and visualization) are limited to simulating phenomena
of spatial objects and do not address abstract and/or non-spatial data.
IntuInfo offers a new 3D visualization system specifically designed
to deal with vast streams of abstract information as it is produced
and measured in the human body, industrial processes, business activities
and natural phenomena.
Information society? More visualization tools
The trends of our information society point at ever more complex and
enormous amounts of data. As the production and dependence on information
grows, so does the need for tools to assist in the monitoring and analysis
of that information locally or over the Internet.