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Citi plans to bring virtual reality to trading

Nurdianah Md Nur | April 7, 2016
By putting on Microsoft HoloLens, traders will be able to see a three-tiered system of dynamically updated and interactive information.

Citi is planning to take trading to a whole new level.

The bank is currently working with virtual reality design studio 8ninths to develop a Holographic Workstation that presents data as 3D images, reported Finextra Research.

By putting on Microsoft HoloLens, traders will be able to see a three-tiered system of dynamically updated and interactive information.

Ambient, high-level market conditions are represented in holographic spheres hovering at the top of the workstation like a cloudscape or weather system.

The middle tier allows traders to further dive into market segments and filter financial instruments to trade by using hand gestures and voice.

The lowest tier, the 'Holographic Stage', is where traders can view historical and real-time performance before executing a trade, as well as remotely collaborating with others at room-scale.

According to Stuart Riley, Global Head of Technology for markets and securities services at Citi, the bank's Tel Aviv markets lab - which worked on the project with 8ninths - expects "great potential for this technology to enhance and humanise the next generation markets trading working environment."

A video of how the Holographic Workstation works can be found here: https://vimeo.com/160814401

 

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