Image of Brain with external nodes

Why This?

We humans have a gift that lets us evaluate and express our own thoughts in physical forms. It's the basis of our ability to create and transmit culture, and also extends our introspective capacity. By using this ability to externalize our thoughts, and then re-absorbing these forms in a positive feedback loop of increasing understanding, we can make better decisions, communication more clearly and improve our lives.

Getting to Clarity

In our heads concepts can exist in a fuzzy, obscure way containing assumptions, contradictions and gaps in understanding. Externalizing forces us to solidify these concepts and their relationships by making choices about where things belong and how they relate.  As these snapshots of our thinking are experienced and decoded by our minds, we further solidify our grasp on understanding the subject of our focus.

Progression of Wisdom

Flow States FTW

The active process of externalizing, examining and re-internalizing involves both left-brain analytic and right-brain creative processes and engages the whole mind. A harmonious flow arises that can be a pleasure and it's own reward, but it can also serve as the basis for further action in the world.

Why VR?

Virtual and Augmented Reality are a new medium for experience and expression. The paradigm of a limited window for us to peer into a digital world has shifted to orienting the digital world to the perspective of the human user. This unlocks the full range of perceptual systems built over a lifetime.

Craftsman in a workshop

Spatial Beings

We carry a lifetime's worth of tools for dealing with space and our surroundings. By leveraging this innate talent immersive technologies allow us to offload the cognitive weight of "where". Our minds build and maintain a mapping of the environment including relative object placement, groupings, empty areas, reference points, etc.

Infinite Fidelity

Immersive technology brings the benefit of spatial awareness but is not limited to the same constraints as the physical world. Simulated environments can be traversed instantly with ease, sub-spaces can be expanded and collapsed, and the user can access infinitesimally small or exponentially large scale perspectives beyond our real-world bodies which are of fixed scale.

Why This in VR?

Noda has been built specifically for the task "Associative Concept Modeling" in Virtual and Augmented Reality. 3D shapes called nodes contain 2D tags with flat data like text or images. These nodes are linked together to form a network of related concepts.

Creativity Within Constraint

The simple formula of Nodes, Tags and Links forms the basis for a wide range of mapping strategies, but also provides enough structure to propel the mind into finding the right fit for the subject being modeled. Other VR creativity apps like Tiltbrush and Quill allow for unlimited visual expression in 3D, so you could draw shapes, text, pictures and lines but the rules have to be self-imposed adding strain to uphold.

Purposeful Tools

Noda gives you a set of tools and integrations for managing maps. The hand tools are independently selected without requiring precision beyond the capacity of your non-dominant hand. So in Noda you can be ambidextrous, choosing how you'd like to create and edit based on preference and current activity.

Efficient Workflows

Integrations to import and export data and images allow Noda to exist in real-world pipeline. You can bring in data and images to supply your maps and you can extract data and images from your maps to use outside of VR/AR. Immersive technology will provide the most value when it's used optimally - for things that are natively 3D.

It's our belief that thinking, logical and creative are inherently 3D and that Noda is the best place to do it.