Spherical displays: Science on a Sphere & the OmniGlobe

August 7, 2014 0 Comments

science-on-a-globeAnd now for something completely different: spherical displays.

Two examples of products/exhibits –

    1. Science on a Sphere : Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating. Ther are three exhibits in Texas including one at the Houston Natural Science Museum in Sugarland.
    2. The OmniGlobe : developed by ARC Science Simulations company, the OmniGlobe is a high-end spherical display system to show and evaluate global-scale data visualizations.

TAMHSC & TAMU will be hosting an Omniglobe in the September/October timeframe to show off content related to the environment (water, weather, etc.). It is a continuation of the OmnGlobe presentation at Earth Day Texas 2014 and our soon-to-be-produced video will demonstrate the collaboration between TAMU’s Agrilife group and the Health Science Center.

Photo credit: NOAA website

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Charlie has been working at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in IT (Information Technology) for about 12 years. He founded and managed the HSC Web Group for a few years and now works for Campus Operations supporting Facilities, Utilities, Safety, Security, and Parking. He's a tech junkie and loves to learn new things; when he stops his enthuasiasm about learning "he'll be dead and buried in the ground".