Browse Definitions :
Definition

3D mouse

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

A 3D mouse is a pointing and control device specialized for movement in virtual 3D (three-dimensional) environments.

3D mouse devices have used a number of different means to control 3D movement as well as 2D pointing, including multi-axis sensors, accelerometers, IR lights and IR sensors.

A number of computer pointing devices and game controllers could be considered 3D mice.  The Wii Remote and Playstation Move are two familiar console versions. For the PC, a 3D mouse could be a standard mouse with a button to switch the axis that mouse movement translates to.

A number of companies make 3D ring mice devices, which are worn on the user’s finger and enable wireless input.  The rings typically include buttons that are pressed with the thumb. Currently available 3D ring mice include the Mycestro Wireless Air and the Genius.

One of the more successful devices in professional sectors like architecture, CAD, 3D design and 3D modeling is the 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator. The SpaceNavigator features a raising, lowering and rotating cylinder on a base designed to facilitate environmental movement and model manipulation. The original and many similar devices are still made by 3Dconnect where they still serve this niche market now with wireless versions that include more programmable buttons.

The 3D mouse has not been as successful for the PC market as it has for the gaming console, likely because a standard mouse generally works quite well for navigating in a 3D environment. While some devices can provide real productivity gains, there is a learning curve involved with getting used to them. Vendors have been unable to draw PC gamers away from the standard design in any real numbers and unable to design an alternative that consistently trumps the old tried and true mouse.

See a demonstration of Mycestro Wireless Air 3D ring mouse:

This was last updated in October 2014

Continue Reading About 3D mouse

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

  • compliance as a service (CaaS)

    Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is a cloud service service level agreement (SLA) that specified how a managed service provider (...

  • data protection impact assessment (DPIA)

    A data protection impact assessment (DPIA) is a process designed to help organizations determine how data processing systems, ...

SearchSecurity

  • Web application firewall (WAF)

    A web application firewall (WAF) is a firewall that monitors, filters and blocks data packets as they travel to and from a ...

  • spyware

    Spyware is a type of malicious software -- or malware -- that is installed on a computing device without the end user's knowledge.

  • application whitelisting

    Application whitelisting is the practice of specifying an index of approved software applications or executable files that are ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • disaster recovery team

    A disaster recovery team is a group of individuals focused on planning, implementing, maintaining, auditing and testing an ...

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

SearchStorage

  • DRAM (dynamic random access memory)

    Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is a type of semiconductor memory that is typically used for the data or program code needed ...

  • RAID 10 (RAID 1+0)

    RAID 10, also known as RAID 1+0, is a RAID configuration that combines disk mirroring and disk striping to protect data.

  • PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive)

    A PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive) is a high-speed expansion card that attaches a computer to its peripherals.

Close