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12/16/2013
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Meet NOAA's Unique 3D Weather Tool

Science on a Sphere, a carbon-fiber globe created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, displays weather conditions and environmental data in a compelling way.
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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12/16/2013 | 1:38:36 PM
Other applications?
Interesting data visualtization project. Readers, do you see other commercial applications for spheres like this?
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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12/16/2013 | 4:42:49 PM
Home model?
This is possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen!

Santa, you know about this thing, right?
WKash
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WKash,
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12/16/2013 | 6:01:52 PM
The world on display
When you realize NOAA has helped assemble 400 sets of data to project on these globes, you realize what an powerful learning tool this has become in science centers all over the world.
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TheMichaelBusby,
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12/17/2013 | 12:40:29 AM
Re: Other applications?
This is very cool.

So, here is the next stage. Pair this system with a Kinetic, so users motions can spin the globe. But, not only spin the globe. Gestures could allow users to virtually dig down through a wide variety of data sets, looking at places, examine different imagery, GOES satellite imagery, water vapor, examine ozone layer depletion, examine sea surface termperatures, overlay demographic data, or economic data, in map format. Users would be able to "zoom in" to specific places, much like Google Earth, only on a real globe, overlay all the data layers present on GE. The ISS now has the ability to relay live streaming images of Earth. What if an app allowed those images to be displayed on the globe

Might be even more cool to add the Moon; then, tides could be modeled :)

Just a thought.
JohnM344
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JohnM344,
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1/13/2014 | 7:37:31 AM
Re: Home model?
It's really a big sphere and the project is amazing.Cloud - computing is porwer way.
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