Interface with 3D Graphics with the axsotic 3D-Spheric-Mouse

by Mark R

One of the problems with computer mice is they are made for a two-dimensional world. You can go along with length and width, but if you want your cursor to travel on a z-axis, picking it up isn’t going to make a bit of difference.

Of course, most of us are quite satisfied with a two-dimensional screen. However, those who are in computer graphics have to work in a 3D world.

Fortunately, there is a mouse for that. This axosotic 3D-Spheric-Mouse can be pushed, pulled, and lifted to re-position a model in 3D space. There is a video after the jump so you can see how it works.

According to my Source, this 3D-Spheric-Mouse “allows for 1,000 dpi optical precision when rotating an object, and 2,170 dpi when panning or zooming. It appears to work with the hundreds of 3D packages currently owned by Autodesk (and presumably 15-20 more since this article was written) plus others that haven’t been bought up yet”.

This reminds me of the Leonar3Do, which is uses a “bird” as a three-dimensional mouse. Clearly, 3D graphics on every monitor is going to be the wave of the future. I don’t know whether they will be simulated 3D on 2D or holograms, but consumers will demand three-dimensional interfaces eventually. Perhaps axsotic is ahead of the game with this sphere-mouse.

3D-Spheric-Mouse from Valentin Heun on Vimeo.


3 reviews or comments

clint Says: November 4, 2010 at 6:04 am

These have been around for a long time. Search for space balls. Thay are used for 3D designing. I have used one every day for many years and they are much more ergonomical than the one pictured.

max modeling Says: November 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

yeah, clint’s right but the price for dice gadgets are still to high…

max modeling Says: November 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm

i meant this gadgets :))

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