3Dconnexion 3D mouse – Coming soon for SL users

Logitech’s 3Dconnexion group announced today that their line of 3D mice will be available for Second Life client users in mid-April. It looks to me like this new hardware development could make a qualitatively better Second Life user experience…and with prices starting at $59, it’s not entirely out of reach for the common person. Here’s a piece of their press release:

While traditional mice control motion on a two-dimensional plane, 3Dconnexion’s 3D mice allow effortless movement and control within a 3D environment. On the Second Life Grid platform, this means that actions such as moving, flying and designing are more intuitive. While designing, users can simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate without “Being able to move freely within and around the environment is a crucial component of the Second Life world experience,” said Joe Miller, vice president, platform and product development, Linden Lab. “3Dconnexion’s 3D mice have the capability to increase the immersion and improve the overall experience of our Residents and we’re always open to such developments.”

From this video, it really does look like the user experience could improve considerably. Integrating movement controls with camera controls simply and intuitively is a quantum leap forward.

May have to buy me one of these…

[UPDATE: Ogle Earth offers a couple more thoughts…and don’t miss Dusan Writer’s first-person impressions in the comments!]

2 Responses

  1. This sounds cool. I’d be interested in hearing feedback from you, or anyone else, who buys one.

    Hope all is well, Morris!

    Princess Ivory

  2. I tested the mouse out at the show. It is soooo cool, and is soooo different from what I’m used to it’s like being a noob all over again.

    Cool, intuitive for what it is, but it really left me wondering whether, for someone who’s been around the grid once or twice (not me, I’m barely done the first lap) it’s worth yet another learning curve or not. Because believe me…it is DIFFERENT.

    (I immediately ended up at the bottom of the ocean and then stuck in some trees if that gives you an idea. Seriously, just like day one!)

    Having said that, I only had a few minutes with it and might have picked it up quickly with a bit more time.

    (The glittering sight of Philip across the way in his Neko necklace might also have been a bit distracting.)

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