SOS Product Suite

The Science On a Sphere® (SOS) product suite is the collection of software and resources that are available from the NOAA SOS development team to all SOS users. Updates and new releases are available periodically, so be sure to check here and keep your system up to date! For any questions or to request help upgrading your system, email sos.gsd@noaa.gov.

This page provides support for Science On a Sphere users, if you are looking for SOS Explorer (SOSx) Support, please visit our SOS Explorer tab to find the Support drop-down for both SOSx and SOSx Lite.

Products

SOS Display Software


Operating System
Ubuntu 16.04
Version
5.2
Description
This is the main application that is used to run SOS, called SOS Stream GUI. Without this, nothing else works!
Documentation
Display Software Manual
Operation and System Administration Manual
Extra Features
Automation Control Protocol Guide
SphereCasting

SOS Remote App


Operating System
iOS 9.2+
Version
5.2
Description
The SOS Remote is an iPad app that presenters use to control the sphere during presentations, including dynamic layering and annotations. It can also be used for creating playlists and for sphere alignment.
Documentation
Remote App Manual
Extras Features
Translations Manual

SOS Public Kiosk


Operating System
Windows 7/8 (10/XP)
Version
5.2
Description
The SOS Public Kiosk gives visitors control of SOS through a touchscreen that is installed near the sphere. Sites can customize the datasets and categories that are shown on the kiosk. This software runs on a separate Windows computer.
Documentation
Public Kiosk Manual
Extras Features
Translations Manual

SOS Visual Playlist Editor


Operating System
Ubuntu 16.04
Version
5.2
Description
The Visual Playlist Editor is an application for assembling new content and creating playlists. A preview of the datasets in flat map form allows users to better understand how the content will be displayed on SOS.
Documentation
Visual Playlist Editor Manual
Webinar Training Video
Extra Features
Translations Manual
Content Creation Guidelines

SOS Translations


Operating System
Multiple
Version
5.2
Description
Many of the parts of the SOS system can be localized for international locations including the Data Catalog, the Kiosk, the SOS Remote App, and the Visual Playlist Editor. Sites are responsible for doing the translations, though the SOS team can collaborate to distribute translations that are made available for others.
Documentation
Translations Manual

SOS Automated Alignment


Operating System
Ubuntu 16.04
Version
5.2
Description
Automated alignment uses video cameras and computer vision techniques to align the SOS projectors onto the sphere without human intervention. Manual alignment is still available and is the default option. Additional cameras and network cabling are required. This function may not operate in conditions with high ambient light.
Documentation
Alignment Manual

SOS Data Catalog


Operating System
Any platform
Version
N/A
Description
The SOS Data Catalog contains over 500 datasets, including more than 50 real-time datasets. The catalog also contains Live Programs, which are presentations for docents created by NOAA and SOS users.
Documentation
SOS Data Catalog
Extra Features
Translations Manual
Live Programs
Usage Statistics

SOS Website  


Operating System
Any platform
Version
N/A
Description
The SOS website contains a wealth of information. It includes manuals for the SOS products, education resources, and the SOS Data Catalog which includes an online Playlist Builder and a data viewer called the Interactive Sphere.
Documentation
SOS Website
Extra Features
SOS Education Forum