Bringing in Google Charts into High Fidelity


#1

Hi. As an economist I’m interested in finding ways to visualise data in a VR-environment. One way would be to make it possible to bring Google Charts into High Fidelity directly.

As I understand it Google Charts produces .svg-files that theoretically could be converted to an .obj or .fbx.

My question, as a rookie, is if you think this could be done? What I would like to do is to run a Javascript that creates a Google Chart that then shows up directly in High Fidelity. The Javascript does not necessarily have to reside in High Fidelity, although that would be convenient.


#2

Blender will important sVG and export mesh
Would a web entity not be easier

If not hi-fi supports obj files these 3D models will open in a text editor and are pretty much just a list of coordinates


#3

A web entity might be part of the solution, as it allows you to display Javascript. I guess I can find the code on the marketplace.

It would be real fun to make 3D-graphs also, however.


#4

That sounds like a cool idea.

The SVG is naturally in an XML format, so it should be parseable. Only downside is that any extra styling could potentially make it a tad bit more difficult.

Generally however it probably would be simpler having direct access to from which the data is generated by the charts, from and make a 3d representation of it instead. Not quite sure on that though.

While simplest as @Judas Mentioned would be ofcourse would just be using the Web Entity for it :slight_smile:


#5

When wanting to bring something into VR, the first thing I ask my self is how will this enhance the experience. Making a WEB entity that basically shows what any WEB browser shows is not particularly interesting, unless this is for a virtual conference that you plan to give. Then, yes, having a WEB entity as part of a virtual slide show makes sense.

I guess getting an idea of what you want to do in the virtual environment would be helpful to know.

That said , yes, you could probably write a script to suck in Google Chart data (since it is XML), and then on the fly create a 3D chart in the virtual space. Something like that was done in SL years ago that created 3D object charts from equations.


#6

Seems like Google Charts is not supported by Web Entities as of now. At least it says “web browser not supported”. Can probably be circumvented somehow I guess.

Actually, I want to be able to do all these things. A basic slide show is of course easy to create and I probably will use that option. Even better would be graphs that are not restricted by the rectangular format, like semi-3D. The very best would be to also have real 3D-graphs that can be floated freely in space.

My idea is basically to be able to do graphs that are not limited by the boundaries of the web-entity. Something more like prezi.com than PowerPoint. Taking Prezi and making it 3D would be fantastic. Storytelling in 3D.

That may sound a little ambitious, but I think HighFidelity is the perfect tool for moving in that direction. Plus that your students can be anywhere.


#7

Actually found a tool that works very well with the web-entity. www.slides.com Not as elegant as Prezi, but a lot easier to use.