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The Next Generation Konica Minolta Digital Dome Projection System


SUPER MEDIAGLOBE-II is the latest top-level model of the Konica Minolta MEDIAGLOBE series, the world’s first full-color single-lens digital planetarium. It projects simulations of the latest information gathered about our universe and presents it with leading-edge digital dome technology. Its 3-D digital planetarium functions simulate not just the earth and sky, but can take audiences to the edge of the known universe. The MEDIAGLOBE’s famous Graphical Control Interface (GUI) is now as powerful as it is easy to use.

Feature 1

High-resolution 2400 pixels (image diameter) and 10,000:1 contrast single-lens projection system

SUPER MEDIAGLOBE II is the first single-lens digital planetarium to adopt a new standard in high-resolution projection (4096 x 2400 pixels), four times more pixels than the best HDTV image and a native contrast of 10,000:1. Other systems may use an optical iris to achieve stated contrast ratios. However, using this method may result in black becoming washed out or grey when projecting bright images, and when projecting dark images faint detail is lost.
We have achieved a native contrast ratio of 10,000:1 without using optical iris adjustment. This allows reproduction of real black and ensures that details and depth in dark scenes are expressed clearly and vividly, including brilliant stars set against the blackness of space.

Super high-definition fish-eye lens designed for dome projection

Fish-Eye Lens
Ultimately, it is the projection lens that determines quality of the image. Konica Minolta developed a unique fish-eye lens for the system using their famous optical design and fabrication technologies. It projects sharp, seamless, non-distorted high-definition images over the entire dome. This quality lens is combined with our high-contrast projector to create super-realistic simulations of the universe and faithful reproduction of CG movies and live-action images.

Feature 2

Advanced 3D digital planetarium (space simulations) function

SUPER MEDIAGLOBE-II’s 3D astronomical simulation function has evolved from the database used in MEDIAGOBE II. In addition to showing stars down to 12.4 magnitude, 3D data of 118,000 fixed stars, proper motion data of fixed stars at any time from 500,000 BC to 500,000 AD, SUPER MEDIAGLOBE-II utilizes the comprehensive stellar database “Mitaka” from the *NAOJ 4D2U project. Powerful real-time simulations take audiences through the solar system and beyond, flying through 3-D space and time to the 13.7 billion light-year limit of the known universe.

* NAOJ 4D2U Project
is the science project by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. This project illustrates a scientific picture of the universe as 4-D digital contents, based on the simulation data of specialized super computers and the latest observation data from the Subaru Telescope. “4-D” here means that the dimension of time is added to 3 dimensional space. Konica Minolta Planetarium is also involved in supporting this project.

Operating the SUPER MEDIAGLOBE II is very simple! With the “Space travel” function, you select departure object, route object and destination object from the celestial objects list. Simply click a button and go! With the “Space Walk” function, visit nearby planets and land on their surfaces. Just as easily, you can visit a far-off galaxy using our arrow controls or fly through the universe with a joystick as if taking the wheel of a starship.

Feature 3

Easy-to-use operation and functions to create and play back stored programs

SUPER MEDIAGLOBE II features a new and more powerful GUI interface built upon the famous easy-to-use systems of earlier MEDIAGLOBE models. Its improved customization feature meets the wide-ranging needs of both beginners and experts. SUPER MEDIAGLOBE II includes “Show Director” to support operators and instructors in creating macro buttons or automatic shows by recording and playing back manual operations.

Feature 4

New function provides realistic representation of natural sky phenomenon

In addition to the simulations of stars, constellations, and planets, SUPER MEDIAGLOBE II projects natural sky phenomenon including lightning, clouds, rain, snow and aurora that can be superimposed on the background sky or an all-sky image or movie. This remarkable ability creates more natural and realistic scenes to immerse and inspire families and students.

Feature 5

“Dome Board” places Lines or Text on the dome

“Dome Board” is like a black board which can place arrows, lines, and letters on the dome screen at any location. “Dome Board” can be used to annotate the starfield or a projected image by superimposing arrows, circles or text messages. Operation is very easy. Select a tool and its style then click the position on the dome chart. “Dome Board” can be used not only for manual operation but also for macro or automatic show production.

Feature 6

Projects high-resolution fulldome digital still and movie images and plays high-quality sound

Konica Minolta’s digital dome technology allows smooth playback of fulldome high definition movies of 2400 pixels in diameter, enveloping and inspiring audiences. The multi-media functions make it simple to project your digital image (still image and movie) or play music or recorded narration. It has never been easier to use the planetarium dome as a multi-purpose theater for presentations or events.

Supports major multi-media material formats
Still Image: BMP、JPEG、PNG、TIFF etc.
Movie: MPEG、AVI、MOV、MP4、WMV etc.
Sound: WAV、MP3、WMA etc.

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