8ninths, a Seattle-based, design and development studio was named Microsoft as one of seven companies chosen for the Microsoft HoloLens Agency Readiness Program. 8ninths showcased their “Holographic Workstation” prototype, designed and engineered for Citi at Microsoft Build 2016. It creates 3D holograms of real-time financial data using HoloLens. A three-tiered system of dynamically updated and interactive information enables traders to view, process, and interact with large amounts of abstract data in a combined 3D and 2D environment.
The process of developing a holographic trading workstation began with 8ninths partnering with Citi to understand the current workflows traders use, and the real-world problems these systems create. 8ninths identified a core set of problems stemming from the traders use of large amounts of raw data in 2D format that limited collaboration between traders, as well as how the traders accessed, interacted with, and processed the data. 8ninths developed their own design patterns and language to explore how Microsoft HoloLens could be used to evolve 2D data into a 3D, holographic experience in a way that would address current workflow and data problems in an all new, real-world application. The tiered system of holographic information organized from micro level at the base, to macro level at the top, created a whole new way of thinking about the workstation. The new “Holographic Workstation”TM optimizes a trader’s ability to interact with data in a tiered system; extract meaning from the data quickly and accurately; and collaborate in a whole new way.
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