- Winner of the Google GDelt Data Challenge and awarded the Google Service Prize. The project will be posted on Google’s official blog in the coming weeks.
- Winner of the nameCheap best domain name.
- Winner of Nod Ring
Bordering.me is a 3D data visualization of worldwide marterial conflict and material cooperation between cities and how connected those relationships are to you. Material conflict includes things like the US refusing the continue to import natural gas from Canada through the Keystone XL pipeline while material cooperation might be apple opening up a new warehouse with Foxconn in China. The visualization is set up with a holographic projection while the user interacts with the globe using a gesture sensing ring. From the start the user inputs their location to show all the cities with which their area has had direct material cooperation with in the past month. With a swipe up they can then see cities with 1 degree of separation. With another swipe they see that after 2 degrees of separation, the material negotiations relevant to their location are connected to part of the entire planet.
Last weekend I was flown out to Boston to participate in HackMIT. I didn’t have a team when I got there so on the morning of, I hunted down a couple of genius freshmen, Ian Macalinao and Akhilesh Yarabarla, saying they were looking into doing 3D data visualization. At the last second we picked up a senior math major named Feyman Liang.
We rigged up this holographic display with a spare monitor, some sheets of plastic, and a hand-full of Bloomberg stickers.
at first we thought we would mess around with some fit bit health data.
However, after listening to a talk by the Senior Engineering Lead from Google Ideas we decided we wanted to use data that could actually change people’s world view.
We ended up using Google bigQuery on the GDelt database to pull a list of all events of material cooperation and material conflict between cities in the past month. Material cooperation might be Apple(Cupertino) opening a new factory in Beijing. Material conflict might be DC blocking flights from Nigeria due to the threat of Ebola.
Each of these events what associated with a location and an edge width(<1 being a conflict | >1 being a cooperation). We mapped this data onto a 3D globe in order by degrees of separation from the user interacting with the map.
To further experiment with the idea of immersive 3d experience with data we mapped the interactions to nod ring gestures. Here is a badly filmed demo:
Here is the demo website. Press ‘f’ to flip it as you probably aren’t using an inverted display. All navigation is done with the arrow keys. Once you’re on the map page you can drag with the cursor to turn the globe. Press to left and right arrow keys to show conflict edges one additional degree of separation at a time. Use up and down to show cooperation edges.