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Electronic Globe with Changeable Map

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132486D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Dec-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Dec-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Conventional globes show a map of a sphere at a certain point of time, e.g. the geography of Earth in 1995. If the geography changes, the globe’s map is outdated. With the present publication, a different map can be loaded and shown. Therefore, the same globe can be used to show a map with different properties, e.g. point of time, style, language or sphere.

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Problem solved

    Conventional globes show a map of a sphere at a certain point of time, e .g. the geography of the Earth in 1995. If the geography changes, the map on the globe is outdated. With the present publication, a different map can be loaded and shown . Therefore, the same globe can be used to show a map with different properties, e .g. at different points of time; or in different styles or languages, or the map or a completely different sphere.

Known solutions

    It is known to equip globes with little lights on the surface, so they can be used, e.g. to show country borders. These maps have a very low image resolution. Furthermore, they require a constant power source.

Cites

    US Patent 5,057,024 discloses a computerized globe/almanac system, when a computer is connected with a globe. The globe's map however is not changeable.

    US Patent 6,860,739 discloses a world globe with detail display. The globe has a control panel, but it is not possible to change the map on the globe itself .

    There are some "electronic globes" available like the Odyssey Atlasphere. Those are "talking globes": conventional globes combined with a voice system for teaching purposes.

Summary

         The present publication proposes the use of electronic paper on the surface of the ball of the globe. This enables the globe to change the shown map. Furthermore, as a nature of electronic paper, a power source is only needed when the shown map is to be changed. Without power source, the map is still shown.

The visible main electronic components are:
· the Electronic Display Surface (shows the map),
· the Control Panel (for user actions), and
· the Communication Interface (for interchanging maps).

    The Globe receives the map by an external map-transmitting device via the Communication Interface, both using the same kind of connection .

Description

    The globe has the shape of a conventional globe . Its ball surf...