06/17/2011 03:55 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

OLED Geo-Cosmos Globe Takes Center Stage at Tokyo Museum (VIDEO)

If you've ever wanted to view the world as it's seen from space, now is your chance. The first spherical large-scale OLED screen in the world was unveiled at Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation this week. The breathtaking 6-meter globe is comprised of 10,362 OLED panels, each measuring in at 96 x 96 millimeters, that work together to project the movement of the Earth and sky as captured through a meteorological satellite with devastatingly beautiful images.

The new OLED panels, a creation of Mitsubishi Electric and an upgrade to the previous LEDs, feature a resolution of more than 10 million pixels, activated when the surface of the organic material is electrified.

60 feet below, on the ground floor, a series of touchscreen computers, dubbed Geo-Scope, allow visitors to interact with specific areas of the globe and track events like the natural disasters and large scale weather movements. Back at home, Geo-Palette, an interactive mapping tool, encourages users to create their own maps based on a series of statistical data on everything from race and language to climate and economy.

Mitsubishi Electric built the globe using their existing Diamond Vision OLED technology, and gifted it to mark the 10th anniversary of the museum.


via Tokyotek