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Virtual Worlds Tool to Visualize Abstract Items and Make Them More Tangible (Translation Visualizer)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000185646D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jul-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jul-29
Document File: 5 page(s) / 353K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A novel tool would be a visual translator that would present words and actions as easier-to-understand 3D visuals or environments that are relevant to the viewer. Creating awareness of how our actions impact us or other people is more important than ever since the world and our economy are in a state of very delicate balance. The invention supports users’ desire to comprehend problems that are hard to visualize in familiar terms. One may have difficulty visualizing actions and data when dealing with less tangible topics such as energy consumption, budgets or carbon footprint. Although we can describe power consumption in watts, budget in dollars or carbon footprint in metric tons, these units do not readily create a meaningful association of their impact to the user or his/her environment.

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Virtual Worlds Tool to Visualize Abstract Items and Make Them More Tangible (Translation Visualizer)

Problem Solved:

The invention supports users' desire to comprehend problems that are hard to visualize in familiar terms. One may have difficulty visualizing actions and data when dealing with less tangible topics such as energy consumption, budgets or carbon footprint. Although we can describe power consumption in watts, budget in dollars or carbon footprint in metric tons, these units do not readily create a meaningful association of their impact to the user or his/her environment. Consumers are ready for a "smarter" solution.

Known solutions + Drawbacks:

There are no known solutions that help represent data with customizable analogies in the manner of our invention. Creating these types of representations in real life would be costly and impractical.

This invention is a computer program system that uses software to help users easily and automatically visualize--within a Virtual Worlds setting--data that would otherwise be difficult to understand quickly or easily.

This invention helps translate numeric or abstract data into a more meaningful visual representation that can be customized to be relevant for the user.

This invention is a unique vehicle to enhance the understanding of information presented, because it uses a richly animated 3D environment that users can explore and navigate from the perspective of an avatar.

The resulting visuals cause a more dramatic and impacting representation of information because the invention has translated the raw data into a customized representation that the user finds interesting,

Advantages:

By presenting information in different ways that are specifically customized to be relevant to the user, and by illustrating scenarios in visual, realistic 3D representations, the invention helps the user to fully understand what could not be comprehended before.

Operation:

This invention makes information easily understood by using customizable, automated tools that allow users to interact with the information/3D models in a way that they could not do in "real life". The following components allow the program to work:

A. A "preferences" section would prompt users to enter information to be saved in a data repository . By collecting the following information , the program can automatically create visualizations that are relevant to the user:

Aspirations for new purchases: This information could be entered by adding it to an "aspirations cart". For example, if the user is saving up for a new car, he could put the make and model on his wish list.

Geographical location - This information will be used to create location-based analogies.

Main personal and professional interests - This information could be selected from a list. Personal property - Users would list objects that they own, l...