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Tuesday
Mar292011

A look at the Mira Ball Message Display Globe

This is a review that very nearly didn't happen. 

I remember seeing the Olympia Infoglobe many years ago, but wasn't able to buy one as it didn't make it to the UK and the US model didn't work with the UK phone systems. I suppose that disappointment must have been at the back of my mind when I ordered the Mira Ball from Hong Kong. For some reason I wanted one, but I didn't know why. I can now say that after struggling with it for a few weeks, I am now officially over it.

The problems with the Mira Ball were numerous. The software needs Windows XP to run, (it wouldn't install on Windows 7). The pictures the Mira Ball displays are a maximum of 24 pixels tall in  .BMP format and using a primary colour palette.  When I started to look for interesting images that matched this criteria I drew a blank. I don't have sufficient talent to  draw my own pictures. I also wanted to show some animations - but again the only images I could find were animated GIFs, usually in the wrong dimensions and the wrong colour palette.  I tried to convert these, mostly without success.  

In the end, I spent far too long messing about trying to find something interesting to put on the device for the mediocre results that I achieved. The juice just wasn't worth the squeeze.

I nearly deleted the footage I'd shot for this review without editing it, but in the end decided that I should have something to show for the amount of time I'd spent - so here it is. A brief look at a device that I really shouldn't have bought.

 

 

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Reader Comments (16)

Hello can u send me the miraball software I only want to try it :)

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterogz

I loved the review, but did not like the product.

April 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Ciao, poteri avere una copia del software, il mio l'ho perso.
Grazie

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiuseppe

@Giuseppe
http://db.tt/nSLiXCA

April 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I got a great idea for this Mira Ball !!!

Give it away in some sort of contest.

I know i would try to win it as i know my 3 year old daughter would like this as a night lamp (behind thick glass because of the noise...i know ;-)

Greetz from Holland.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterP.J.

@P.J. I thought about competitions with a few of my unused things.....but I think there are rules and laws about comps and ultimately it would cost me even more money to post these things on....so for the moment they all sit on the Shelf of Shame.

May 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan great site btw - My friend bought the olympia infoglobe and it worked in the UK after some rewiring - I wish I had bought one now - caller ID and everything!

Phil

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

man i need the software version id 3000, can u send to me please??

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThiago Belao

Salve, potrei avere cortesemente il software per color Miraball mod.LX-CQ01 CON SOFTWARE id:120811?
grazie infinite
salve

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterADRIANO

This is the only software I have
http://db.tt/nSLiXCA

January 1, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

quanti imbecilli che esistono al mondo!

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAldo

necessito o software miraball ID: 121103 se puderem me ajudar andrelconte@gmail.com

March 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterandre

Thank you for posting the software and youtube video. I'm looking forward to the stress of playing with my MiraBall finally...; )

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterddrsi

hi. i tried to downlod the software for my miraball but your link doesnt work anymore. coul you please send me the link again please. bebcio11@wp.pl

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermario

I don't have the software any more.

December 21, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

please software send for me

emreemreylmz@gmail.com

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