World's largest OLED globe to be unveiled by Mitsubishi Electric
Geo-Cosmos hangs 60 feet above the floor at Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Mitsubishi Electric will unveil a huge, 19.7 foot (6 m) wide OLED globe at Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation on June 11. Billed as the world's first large-scale spherical OLED screen, "Geo-Cosmos" is made up of an aluminum frame covered with 10,362 tiny OLED panels, each measuring 3.7 x 3.7 inches. The sphere will display images of clouds and other views of the Earth coming from a meteorological satellite as it hangs almost 60 feet (18 m) above the museum floor.
The OLED display is actually a replacement for an LED version and Mitsubishi says the new sphere is 10 times better than its predecessor in terms of its 10 million pixel resolution.
To create it, Mitsubishi used its modular Diamond Vision OLED system which was first introduced at CEATEC 2009 in the form of a 155-inch sized OLED display. At the time the company then said that any size screen can be achieved with the use of the technology.
Mitsubish previously showcased an impressive cylinder-shaped OLED display during Integrated Systems Europe fair in February, 2011. Neither of the displays is aimed at retail market yet, but Mitsubishi is offering its OLED technology to large-scale clients for digital signage and public spaces.
The initiative is a part of the museum's 10th anniversary commemorations.
Excerpt quote from Buckminster Fuller - 1962:
\"...an invention of mine called the Geoscope - a large ... lightweight geodesic sphere hung hoveringly at one hundred feet above mid-campus... This giant sphere is a miniature earth. Its entire exterior and interior surfaces will be covered with closely-packed electric bulbs, each with variable intensity controls. The lighting of the bulbs is scanningly controlled through an electric computer... It will make possible communication of phenomena that are not at present communicable to man%u2019s conceptual understanding...
The Geoscope may be illuminated to picture the earth and the motion of its complete cloud-cover history for years run off on its surface in minutes so that man may comprehend the cyclic patterning and predict. The complete census-by-census of world population history changes could be run off in minutes, giving a clear picture of the demological patterning and its clear trending. The total history of transportation and of world resource discovery, development, distribution, and redistribution could become comprehendible to the human mind, which would thus be able to forecast and plan in vastly greater magnitude than heretofore. The consequences of various world plans could be computed and projected. All world data would be dynamically viewable and picturable and relayable by radio to all the world, so that common consideration in a most educated manner of all world problems by all world people would become a practical event.\"
Overview of Fuller\'s \"Critical Path\" http://anz.theoildrum.com/node/5113
@j-stroy - thanks for that, I seem to remember reading about that somewhere before but it didn\'t come to mind when I saw the article! ;-)
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