Earlier this year Epic Games partnered with The Wellcome Trust to launch ‘The Big Data VR Challenge.‘ The competition tasked developers with using virtual reality (VR) to find intuitive ways to interact with and make connections between large amounts of data. Hammerhead VR developed the The Genome Browser. The team didn’t win but the work that was produced can by seen in a new 360 degree video which has been released.
The Genome Browser which used data sets generated by the Wellcome Sanger Institute, enables researchers to navigate and visualise the large scale epigenomic data, recognise correlations and associations between genomics data, and then accelerate the pace of innovation.
The 360 degree VR video can be viewed via a compatible browser and controlled with a mouse or the WASD keys, it can also be viewed on a smartphone with the YouTube app for the 360 degree experience. If you own a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) you can view the video through the YouTube app for a more immersive experience.
The winner of ‘The Big Data VR Challenge’ was LumaPie, a collaboration between creative teams Masters of Pie and Lumacode using the ALSPAC Children of the 90s data.
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