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SandDance

Natural, dynamic data visualization 

SandDance screen shot

Putting humans back in the decision-making process

SandDance is a browser-based information visualization system that scales to hundreds of thousands of items. You can load arbitrary data tables, filter the results by using facets and search, and choose to display the data in a variety of layouts. Transitions between the views are animated so that you can better maintain context. Multiple linked views enable associations between the same items in each view. Multiple devices can simultaneously interact with each other on the same dataset.

By using principles of information visualization, you can map any attribute into the position, color, size, opacity, and layout of a dataset to help reveal patterns within the data. With SandDance, you can see both the individual records and their overall structure.

SandDance focusses on natural user interaction techniques. Touch interaction is a first class citizen, enabling the entire experience to be easily operated through a touch screen. The system also understand speech commands for searching, selecting, focusing, and filtering the data.  You can also use a Kinect system to sense gestures for moving between views of the data.

SandDance supports collaboration by enabling multiple people to interact with the same dataset. Selections and filters in one system are automatically replicated to other systems viewing the data.

SandDance walkthrough

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Contact sanddance@microsoft.com