Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Buying a Globe by

Found this video on YouTube and thought it would be helpful for those that may find it a bit of a challange choosing the perfect world globe. Meghan Carter does a great job visiting with the folks from Replogle to provide good insight into buying the ideal globe.

Now that you are ready to buy your globe, make sure to browse our huge selection of Replogle and many other brands at

Mova Rotating Globes

For a unique view of one of the more technologically advanced products on the market, check out this video from Mova Globes.

Here is the product scoop from Mova:

The world’s most advanced globe, the MOVA globe rotates silently and is inspired by the earth itself. It requires no power cords or batteries, only the natural light of your home or office. The three-fingered acrylic base is included with every MOVA globe.

How the Mova Globe Works

The MOVA globe rotates peacefully and silently using only the energy of room light and the force of the earth’s magnetic field. This is possible because the MOVA globe is actually an inner globe that rotates and is contained within an outer shell made of very clear acrylic that does not rotate. The thin space between the inner globe and outer shell is filled with a safe, perfectly clear fluid that buoyantly supports the inner globe completely out of contact with the outer shell. This inner globe, floating and turning in a virtually friction-free environment and energized by light, is analogous to the earth itself. The MOVA globe is being brought to market at a time when people everywhere will understand and appreciate this analogy.

The optical properties of the outer sell and fluid are carefully chosen so that the graphic features on the surface of the inner globe are magnified and appear to be on the outer surface of the outer shell. This means that the outer shell actually appears to move.

The MOVA globe can rest on an attractive three fingered stand that is provided, or on just about any other kind of stand that can be chosen to complement it’s graphic design. The MOVA globe appears to rotate in spite of resting on the stand, in quiet defiance of commonly held ideas about the laws of friction.

A carefully designed, and highly efficient drive mechanism within the inner globe drives the rotation even in room light. Energy for the drive is provided by very advanced solar cells within the inner globe, illuminated by light passing through the graphic on the globe. The drive includes a magnetic element that reacts with the earth’s magnetic field, much as a common compass does, to provide torque to drive the globe.

All of these elements of the MOVA globe cooperate to create a beautiful, magical object that provides a meditative point of focus to any room.

As a side note, one of our recent customers that had purchased a Mova rotating globe found that the globe stopped rotating when he had placed it on his mantel. The folks at Mova had determined that the the metal fireplace mantel the globe was sitting on was interfering with the magnets used to create rotation within the globe. He moved it to another spot without the metal interference and it works fine.

View the current selection of Mova Globe products by visiting Ultimate Globes.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The World of Globes

Being a fan of world globes, I thought that this would be a great opportunity for folks who share the same passion for both new and old world styles of globes to find a spot to share their interests as it relates to globes and geography. It is interesting to note that many world globe manufacturers including Replogle Globes based in Chicago, IL as well as Columbus Globes in Germany have been creating globes for close to if not over 100 years. Some of their original creations can still be found on some of the auction sites.

With most manufacturers catering toward mass production, it is becoming more difficult to find modern day examples of classic old world style. However, there are some new products that have recently made a presence on the market that are bringing technology into play with the creation of floating & levitating globes as well as the new Mova Rotating globe collection.

Let us know if you are a globe collector and feel free to post your pics of some of your prized possessions!

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