The NOAA Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Team is pleased to announce the release of version 5.3 of the SOS software.
February 13, 2018
The NOAA Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Team is pleased to announce the release of version 5.3 of the SOS software. NOAA’s SOS is a room-sized display system that uses computers and video projectors to display global data onto a six-foot diameter sphere. The system runs with proprietary software developed at NOAA ESRL’s Global Systems Division. The SOS visualization system can be operated by the public using an interactive kiosk or with an iPad by a presenter for live programs or custom school lessons.
This software release includes improved software security, an enhanced installation process, a new high-resolution library, and improved graphics with better display performance. A full description of the enhancements can be found here.
A significant new addition is “Spotlight Datasets,” a user interface that provides access to timely and compelling datasets selected and updated periodically by the NOAA SOS Team. A current example is “Exploring Unknown Oceans,” a new narrated movie about advances in ocean science technologies that are taking humans to previously unexplored waters revealing unimaginable subsea landscapes, teaming with life. This innovative SOS program was developed by the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in partnership with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
SOS is used to enhance informal education programs in more than 150 science centers, universities, and museums around the world with an estimated 63 million visitors.
For more information contact: Susan Cobb 303-497-5093