SEEN & NOTED: TOKYO, JAPAN - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) is a showcase for state-of-the-art science and technology. The museum has announced that they will unveil the world's first large-scale spherical OLED screen, measuring more than 19 feet in diameter, to commemorate the museum's 10th anniversary. The new OLED display is a globe called "Geo-Cosmos" and displays visions of the earth taken from a meteorological satellites. Images on the Geo-Cosmos display are updated daily from weather satellites showing cloud formations. The system can also show ocean acidification, temperature changes, and various scientific data including seasonal changes and the effects of global warming. Geo-Cosmos' content is acquired from scientists and research institutes from all around the world. Geo-Cosmos is one part of a larger project to help illustrate how people are linked "Tsunagari" together with the earth.
The Geo-Cosmos display was built by Mitsubishi Electric to replace a previous globe comprised of light emitting diodes (LEDs). The new Geo-Cosmos globe is an aluminium sphere covered with 10,362 OLED panels, each measuring 96 x 96 millimeters. The display delivers a resolution of more than 10 million pixels, about 10 times greater than that of the LED display. In addition to Mitsubishi Electric, which created the OLED system, three other companies helped to make the OLED Geo-Cosmos display: Dentsu Inc. undertook project planning, Go and Partners, Inc. developed the image-processing and transmission system, and GK Tech Inc. created the spheroid design.
The museum has a slogan: Open Your Eyes to Science and See a Whole New World. With the new Geo-Cosmos display that's a reality. The Geo-Cosmos globe will be open to the public starting on June 11th.
A YouTube video is available here