Augmented Reality Can Help to Visualize Big Data

This article summarizes challenges in visualization methods for existing Big Data projects and beyond. Moreover, it classifies types of data, analytical methods and visualization techniques and tools, with particular emphasis on surveying the evolution of visualization techniques over the past years.

Following the identified shortcomings of existing techniques, the role of human eyes and their physical limitations on the perception of large amounts of information is evaluated and presented along with discussion on Augmented Reality technology and its capabilities for visualization of Big Data and beyond. Based on the results, a novel approach is proposed — it allows one to obtain a represented information segment in a short period of time without any significant data loss by placing the most essential data in the central area of the human eye visual field. The article also discusses the impact of new technologies, such as Augmented Reality displays and helmets, on Big Data visualization.

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