Physically climb over budget data with Kinect

Posted to Visualization  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

As an entry to the Eyebeam DataVizChallenge to visualize your taxes, Budget Climb by Frankie Cheung, Zach Schwartz, and Fred Truman places you in a virtual environment where you can climb and stand on top of tax data.

Created using openframeworks, the Microsoft Kinect and OpenNI Budget Climb is a physically interactive data environment where we can explore 26 years of federal spending - giving us a unique perspective on how our government spends our money. In order to explore the data we must exert physical effort, revealing how the budget is distributed in a novel and tangible way.

Maybe not the best way to learn about the data, but I like the idea of data exploration as a game. See it in action below. It reminds me of Irad Lee's Spamology.

[Budget Climb | Thanks, Fred]

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