Beyond games, beyond movies and even beyond education—there is one sector where Extended Reality can be seen to truly make a difference to life. That is the field of Bioinformatics. For those who dreamed of becoming scientists and improving the quality of living, Bioinformatics offers exciting opportunities. Combining health information and data, it uses computing tools and techniques to analyze large amounts of biological data and come up with solutions that can be applied to critical medical areas such as gene therapy, and early identification and prevention of diseases by processing genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metagenomics data, and comparing it with health care data. However, given the large amount of data that is generated through bioinformatics research, it is important to understand what it means before applying it.
That is where Extended Reality plays a part. It aids in data visualization—graphic representation of the data by producing images that communicate the relationship between the various data values via systematic mapping. For decades, AR-related technologies were developed and applied to Bioinformatics problems. However, it is only more recently that XR has been applied to create stunning and immersive experiences that aid in both research and education. With a growing interest in visualizing complex biological structures such as DNA strands, XR promises to provide a clear insight into medical scenarios in stunning detail and in a more in-depth manner. At TILTLABS, we can tap into our Data Analytics Pipeline to provide valuable support in terms of creating vast data repositories to make this happen.