This week me and one colleague were playing with the idea of visualizing sonar data (we both work in development of data visualization tools).
At first, it sounded like a really simple application for 2D heatmaps, where X coordinate represent time, Y coordinate represents sonar angle, or the horizontal axis relative to the boat, for example and the color represents depth.
I initially wanted to make some kind of data generator that simulates a real life sonar scenario but it struck me real fast that there are a lot of ways to complicate the matter. I really didn’t have the motivation or need to create any proper solution, but a spark of inspiration hit us which led to me creating a novel solution which enabled simple sonar visualization simulation.
Me, a software developer with no prior experience in 3D modeling or design, downloaded Blender, a free 3D modeling software and within half an hour I had in front of me a 3D model of a waterbed.