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IN THIS ISSUE
New Dual HD System Offers Three Times the Pixels
Alaska's First Magic Planet Makes a Big Impression
Cadbury's "Purple Planet" Tells History of Chocolate
Magic Planet Shows the Power of Supercomputing
PufferSphere Offers NASA JPL Mobility, Ease of Use
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New Dual HD System Offers
Three Times the Pixels


  California Science Center's Dual HD System 
Dual HDGlobal Imagination announced the launch of its revolutionary Dual HD Magic Planet while exhibiting at the AAM MuseumExpo on May 23, 2010. This new technology combines two 1080P High Definition projectors to triple the number of pixels available with a single projector system, providing a stunning viewing experience of global images, animations, spherical movies and interactive content.
 

The Dual HD system is the highest resolution Magic Planet ever; it achieves this new breakthrough by utilizing an innovative new lens, which merges the output of two HD projectors into one ultra-high-definition image. Moreover, innovations like interactive real-time edge blending and projector color matching ensure that your image is always at its finest.  What results is a spectacular 2.9 million pixels of global imagery - providing the absolute sharpest and brightest spherical display on the planet. 
 
The new Dual HD is offered with a wide range of Magic Planet spheres - starting with the stunning 3' (91cm) sphere to the larger-than-life, inflatable Magic Planet PufferSphere. The system uses two HD projectors; however, it's driven by a single computer making it both cost effective and easy to maintain.
 
From museum exhibits, to corporate settings, to special events - if you are looking for the best, then the new Magic Planet Dual HD System is the perfect way to bring any exhibit to life in vivid HD quality at any venue. To read the complete press release, download the PDF.

Alaska's First Magic Planet
Makes a Big Impression


  The Imaginarium Discovery Center 
Anchorage  museumThe Anchorage Museum is proud to be the owner of Alaska's first Magic Planet. The 24-inch model is an important centerpiece of the museum's Imaginarium Discovery Center. This particular Magic Planet displays educational presentations that uniquely apply to Alaska, from polar ice caps, to animations of the Aurora Borealis, weather patterns, and images of the mountainous terrain under the Earth's oceans. The Magic Planet also tells the story of global warming, and the effect of climate change on Alaska's diverse ecosystems.
 
Anchorage's Magic Planet is surrounded by four ceiling-mounted LCD monitors that display corresponding information. Spokesperson Sarah Henning said it is "absolutely mesmerizing! [The Magic Planet] is a great example of how technology can make scientific topics more tangible for people."
 
The Magic Planet at the Anchorage Museum is just the beginning, however. Some of Alaska's leading museums and education centers are partnering to take Magic Planets to rural schools across the state. As part of a $980,000 NASA grant, the Anchorage Museum, Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, and the University of Alaska's Museum of the North will use the unique capabilities of the Magic Planet to show schools how the Arctic biome ties into climate change in the rest of the world.
 
NASA's grant was made available through its Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums. The three-year partnership was only one of 9 projects accepted from a total of 67 proposals.
To learn more about the Magic Planet, please visit www.globalimagination.com.
Cadbury's "Purple Planet" Tells
History of Chocolate

 
A visitor interacts with the Magic Planet
Cadbury exhibitAt Cadbury's visitor center in Birmingham, England there is a unique Magic Planet which begins its show in the company's trademark, purple wrapping. Cadbury, one of the UK's best-loved brands, is famous for its wide variety of cocoa-based candies. Birmingham's Cadbury World, the company's only purpose-built visitor center, has attracted 8.5 million visitors since its opening. Every year, over 1,400 school groups attend to learn about the heritage and history of chocolate.
 
Cadbury World specifically needed a three-dimensional and interactive solution to entertain and inform visitors at its "Purple Planet" exhibit, so they chose to use a specially equipped Magic Planet. The Purple Planet has a three-user touchscreen interface. Each user can interact directly with Cadbury content, which is divided into three equal segments allowing visitors to independently explore at their leisure.
Cadbury is only one of hundreds of corporations and organizations that have chosen to use the Magic Planet in exhibits. You can learn more about the Magic Planet by calling (408)-866-6800, or by emailing us at info@globalimagination.com.
Magic Planet Shows the
Power of Supercomputing

       Visitors drawn to LBNL booth at SC '09         
visitors at a trade showLawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) needed an effective communication tool for participants at the international Supercomputing Conference (SC) in Portland, Oregon. For SC '09, they turned to the Magic Planet. "We are mainly using the globe to present climate change simulations on a 3D global basis," said Jon Bashor, Computing Sciences Communications Manager for LBNL. "This was our busiest booth ever and the globe contributed to this. When it is running, people seem drawn to it like a magnet - people who saw it would then bring their colleagues to our booth to see it."
 
The 24-inch Magic Planet at the SC09 booth not only showcased climate data, but also astrophysics simulations - and it played an important role in presenting ESnet, the Department of Energy's high-speed network serving thousands of scientists at over 40 institutions across the country. LBNL's Magic Planet helped illustrate ESnet's rapid growth, which allows research scientists to work together on some of the world's most pressing scientific challenges - from energy to climate change and the origins of the universe.
 
LBNL plans on continuing to use the Magic Planet in future conferences, but it will be permanently housed at the laboratory's main lobby display area. Learn more about the Magic Planet's wide range of applications by viewing our website's "Products" page.
PufferShere Offers NASA JPL
Mobility, Ease of Use

 NASA JPL's traveling 2m PufferSphere exhibit
JPL event with PufferSphereGlobal Imagination's largest Magic Planet, the inflatable PufferSphere, is also portable and easy to set up. These features made the 2m system the perfect solution for Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) traveling exhibitions, which are charged with the mission of promoting and educating the public about each satellite currently being used by NASA.
 
PufferSpheres are available in sizes that range from 5'3" to 9'10" (1.6m to 3m), but they're designed to be collapsed into two travel cases. The mobility of the high-impact PufferSphere allowed JPL to take it on exhibitions that hosted as many as 50,000 visitors since it received its unit in March, including Climate Day, Earth Day, and Open House.
 
JPL has also made use of the Magic Planet's powerful software to perform direct data downloads from different satellites in orbit. The data is then displayed on the PufferSphere to illustrate basic scientific concepts such as gravity and atmosphere. The software is also easily transferable to other Magic Planets ranging in size from 16" (41cm) to the 9'10" (3m) PufferSphere.
 
If you're looking for a portable, high-impact solution for your exhibit, you can call Global Imagination at (408)-866-6800. You can also see many more of our different Magic Planet sizes and solutions on our Flickr page.
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