[Geowanking] hacking an interactive globe (smart globe)?
ajturner at highearthorbit.com
Fri Jan 2 06:41:21 PST 2009
On Dec 30, 2008, at 2:53 PM, Michael Lenczner wrote:
> My sister's kids just got one of these for the holidays. It's an
> interactive globe for education purposes that is "internet updateable"
> via USB with new packages from the company for a fee. It would be
> really neat to display other info on it. I haven't found any other
> info online about people playing with it. Anybody know anything?
This looks intriguing, and potential in the way that the RoboSapien
was for hacking. However, I can easily imagine this "internet update"
is an unique, binary format that would be difficult to repurpose.
I recently saw the "Science on a Sphere" at NASA Goddard
(http://sos.noaa.gov/). It's powered by essentially a movie clip of
individual images in spherical projection, and controlled with a
WiiMote - but no real interactivity. It seems possible to create a
spherical projection using a upwards facing projector into a globe
with some optics. The 3D equivalent of the long-time-in-coming
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