Immersive visualization for understanding sociotechnical energy systems
I am developing an immersive visualization on energy transitions in Michigan to teach students about the concept of a sociotechnical system. It integrates footage of infrastructure with interviews and data visualization. 360 video records a view simultaneously in every direction and can be viewed with a virtual reality headset, an immersive viewing theater, or a click-and-drag online video. It enhances the educational experience by virtually transporting students to energy infrastructure sites and by brings together spatially disparate aspects of the energy system: from generation to transmission to making laws and regulations to energy consumption. This gives students a view of the big picture, helping them to see the forest for the trees. The 45-minute film will be available in late 2019.