NASA Tech Briefs
Product of the Month

January 2000

Spaceball 4000 FLX 3D
Motion Controller/Input Device


Labtec, Vancouver, WA, has introduced the Spaceball 4000 FLX 3D motion controller/input device that minimizes arm and wrist stress, and features a new, adjustable wrist pad for right- or left-hand use. The device allows users to simultaneously pan, zoom, and rotate 3D models as they build, modify, and inspect their 3D designs within their 3D applications. With six-degrees-of-freedom (6D) motion control, users push, pull, or twist the PowerSensor ball for X, Y, and Z axis translations and rotations. A specially coated surface allows flexibility for finger and thumb placement on the ball surface; a ridge design around the ball guides fingers into the optimum position. The placement of 12 buttons -- three on the right and nine on the left -- offers access to 22 customized functions, and eliminates the need to reach over the sensing mechanism. The device is driven by the SpaceWare 99 software driver that is available for UNIX and Windows NT/95/98 environments.

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