If you haven’t heard of Gapminder, then watch this very charismatic presentation from Ted talk by Prof. Hans Rosling. Basically, Gapminder is a Flash application which presents the world of statistics and demonstrates how it has evolved over centuries. It has been in my long overdue tasks list to implement a web based Gapminder using my Highcharts extension for ExtJs. So far it took me few hours a week over couple months to come up with this prototype. The challenge is that simultaneously updating and animating nearly 300 data points (with color shading) in a fraction of a second is quite CPU intensive. At least, it is possible now in HTML5.
The following is a short video demo of the prototype. It is running under my Mac Mini (Quad core 2.3GHz i7 – 4G RAM).
However, there are still plenty to implement. Online demo and code on github will be available soon