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Chemicals Group Solvay Uses Blockchain Startup's VR Tech To Analyze Data In 3D

The Belgian-based chemicals multinational Solvay S.A. discovered a small blockchain and virtual reality startup based based at UC San Diego on the Oculus VR marketplace. So, the chemicals company founded in 1864 called up the company, Nanome Inc., for help visualizing soluble chemicals in a medley of data.

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“[Solvay] was seeking a better understanding of which particular materials were soluble in a sea of diverse materials,” wrote Nanome on its blog about Solvay’s inquiry and subsequent software order. While working with Solvay’s office in France, Nanome developed Nano Pro: ‘Data Science’.

“Solvay scientists explained to us how they found their data difficult to decipher when it was presented in just two dimensions,” reported Nanome. “We learned how Solvay was forced to capture multiple screenshots from multiple angles to view their data — that is, a left, right, top, bottom screenshot, and so on.”

Nanome created a virtual reality data visualization tool so Solvay could visualize its complex data sets in 3D. The product “empowers Solvay scientists to literally walk through three dimensional data, thereby experiencing it in a more intuitive manner.”

By arranging chemicals in a 3D environment, Solvay could better identify the soluble chemicals amid an assortment of materials. “...[T]heir once complex, innumerable rows of data were now digestible through the medium of virtual reality,” wrote Nanome.

Nano Pro: Data Science is based on Nanome’s VR drug discovery tool, Nano Pro: Life Science, which is used in pharmaceutical research and development labs.

“We implemented a data visualization tool that could plot three-dimensional data points and allow Solvay to move and analyze their data in a VR environment,” said Vincent Brunet, Nanome Chief Technology Officer. “They felt this was an effective way to display the complex data they had compiled.”

Brunet added: “We experimented with and recompiled the ways in which their scientists could move around in virtual reality. Their scientists could be surrounded by their relevant data and literally walk through it in essentially a museum-type setting. The scientists could move to specific spots and have their experimental data in front of them.”

Alongside those products tailored for research and development, Nanome is building a blockchain-based virtual reality stack called Matryx to incentivize collaboration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through a native crypto-token, ‘MTX’.

The open-source platform consists of a bounty system, ‘MTX’, a library of digital assets, and a marketplace. The virtual reality company, which at present is offering its token in a ‘token issuance’, plans to integrate an array of crypto-tokens through a partnership with Edge (formerly Airbitz), a blockchain-inspired wallet and security company. The Edge software development kit will allow for a more streamlined blockchain experience in virtual reality.

“Projects like Matryx are the first glimpse into how blockchains will be used as tools to do many things in a new way,” said Paul Puey, CEO of Edge. The brand recently rebranded from ‘Airbitz’.

“When users are in control of their own assets and manage their own private keys, they are receiving the full benefits of blockchain technology,” said Matryx CEO Steve McCloskey. “With something as sensitive as human knowledge on our platform, we believe a secure and reliable private key management system is the only way to go.”

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