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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in London, Visualisation | 3 comments

Pigeon Sim- A fresh way to interact with urban data?


Thanks to an Xbox Kinect, Google Earth and some programming wizardry from UCL CASA researcher George MacKerron it is now possible to fly over London. The video below shows “Pigeon Sim” which has been developed to offer a fresh way of interacting with London’s urban data. Using Peter-Pan like arm gestures (above) users can fly over London’s landmarks passing various data feeds (such as real-time tweets or travel information) as they go. Pigeon Sim is one of the most fun methods I have seen for interacting with spatial data in a long time and I can’t wait to see more of CASA’s research outputs integrated into the system. Best viewed full screen.


  1. Great video! It looks exactly as I’ve imagines in mu dreams how it should look if humans could fly.

    Will you be publishing how to recreate it?
    We are building a power wall at the university where I work (Middlesex) and would love to experience it in full immersion.

    Ps: also obviously great for visual analytics.

    So please let me know if you’re planning on releasing some source code 🙂

  2. This looks like far too much fun – if you’d posted it on 1st April, I wouldn’t have believed it!


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