Price drop for SOS Explorer!

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User interface for SOS Explorer

February 2, 2017

The SOS team announced a major price drop for SOS Explorer (SOSx), NOAA’s flat screen version of Science On a Sphere®. The new price point makes SOSx more accessible to museums and visitor centers, with an additional education discount for schools.

The revolutionary SOSx software uses SOS’s datasets created for its 6-foot sphere and applies them to a virtual globe on a flat screen, making them available to smaller exhibit spaces and classrooms. SOSx can display animated environmental data including atmospheric storms, climate change models, and ocean temperatures to help explain complex processes in an intuitive and captivating way.

The software can be used in either an exhibit or a classroom setting. In the exhibit setting, interactive visualizations of SOSx are displayed on a touchscreen and are mirrored on a larger display for a wider audience. Color bars, labels, and text boxes are shown on the large screen, while the search window and other user interfaces are visible only on the touchscreen. The result is an exhibit that can be controlled by one person and enjoyed by many.

In the classroom setting, everything fits on one screen where the user can control the software through a keyboard and mouse, or touchscreen. The single screen can be a television or projector at the front of the classroom making it the ideal teaching tool.

With public installations of Science On a Sphere® (SOS) around the world at more than 140 institutions, we use SOS to support NOAA’s mission of understanding and predicting changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, sharing that knowledge and information with others, and conserving and managing coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

For more information contact: Susan Cobb 303-497-5093