I was doing some research on tools to create interesting visualizations of data and ran across this very interesting visualization from Gapminder.org tracking infant mortality rate versus per capita income for a variety of countries over time—with country population thrown in for good measure. That’s 5—yes, count them 5—”dimensions” of data. It takes the form a motion chart. (See the live visualization. Hit the Play button in the lower left to get the full effect.)
Here’s a live example of the gas gauge one:
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The data for these gauges is being supplied by a data source (in this case embedded in the code of the page, but it could just as easily be coming from a database, external web service, etc.). These could also be controlled by code on the page for some dynamic effects.
See full catalog of the visualizations available in the gallery.