HALO is data visualisation software that represents you as a physical being, a multi-dimensional creature that moves and changes shape based on your data. Using sensors like those on an Apple watch you can be represented digitally. Instead of using a bar graph to show how many steps you’ve gone in a day, you have your HALO growing over time – like a sea anemone Tamagotchi.
This “intelligent object for a post-data world” is the first product of Peter Crnokrak’s 3D visualisation systems that allow users to explore complex personal data in an intuitive and actionable way. It combines different data sets into a fluid multi-dimensional band of light as architectural dimensions of size, colour, speed, complexity, brightness and movement – signalling a new type of visual data language.
Unique combinations of data values create distinct data-pictures. For example, HALOs being developed for the Apple Watch allow users to see changes in activity levels, calories burned and variable heart rate patterns over time as comprehensive pictures of health. Where athletes have large bright and fast moving HALOs, sedentary individuals’ HALOs are small, dim and slow moving. It is fed off heart rate, blood pressure, even perspiration, and is engineered so you have an empathic connection to this digital representation of self. It could be based on anything – like sex.
Currently developing HALOs that represent patient health status, gaming performance and stock fluctuations, Crnokrak’s list of potential uses are virtually endless – anywhere users need to monitor and interpret massive quantities of complex data in real time.
Peter Crnokrak is a London based computational artist whose practice utilises design language to communicate meaning in complex systems with work integrating research, analysis and experimental technologies.
Peter Crnokrak, ORA Co-founder and systems architect