Sunday, January 02, 2005

The sound of money

This Wired article reports on how financial analysts are using new technology that converts stock market fluctuations into sound. They call it 'auditory display software'.

The technology, which comes from a Dartmouth College spinoff called Accentus, aims to help traders deal with information overload. Typical traders monitor a half dozen or more computer screens filled with raw data, flashing numbers, and color-coded pop-ups. It's enough to max out anyone's visual cortex. But a trader's auditory cortex has plenty of unused processing power.

This technology can have a number of other interesting applications where real time data has to be monitored.

More information can be found at Accentus. A flash presentation on how the technology works is here.

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