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Cool data visualization using augmented reality animation

Each friday my colleague Steve sends to colleagues his nice "week-end reading" newsletter related to any interesting topics in bioinformatics or biostatistics. Just before christmas vacation it was about an interesting BBC's video of Hans Rosling, a professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute.

It is very funny because it reminded me that this guy is cited in Garr Reynolds's book "Presentation Zen" on page 207 : "Coventional wisdom say never never stand between the screen and the projector. Generally this is good advice. But as you can see from the photo, Rosling at times defies conventional wisdom and gets involved with the data in an energetic way that engages his audience with tha data and his story".

In this video you have a nice instance showing how Rosling gives life to his presentations. Moreover this time he is using augmented reality animation wich make him one step deeper in the heart of his presentation. In about 4 minutes he shows the evolution of life expectancy against income in 200 countries during the last 200 years.

You can see more cool presentations by Rosling or other good speakers at the TED website. The annual TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are invited to give insanely great talks on stage in only 18 minutes.

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YASARA (Yet Another Scientific Artificial Reality Application) is a software package for visualization, simulation and modeling of molecules. It uses Portable Vector Language (PVL) which allows the visualization of very large proteins. YASARA View is available for free, and is primarily a visualization tool.