Has anyone thought of controling the mouse cursor with a 3d mouse?
I hadn't thought of it. What do you think would be the advantage?
Advantage being a stationary mouse.
So you mean do away with the standard mouse completely?
Yes, exactly! The buttons on the 3d mouse would be used the same as the mouse buttons.
I have a few products from 3dconnexion and love them. I feel crippled when I don't have them. I've always used them as a supplement to my mouse though, controlling camera movements and tool selections via the buttons.
What about using an inexpensive trackball?
A trackball may work, is there much wrist movement with them? The whole reason for the stationary mouse idea was I have a bad wrist and using a mouse 10 hours a day doesn't help.
That's exactly what I was assuming when I first read your post, lol.
It will take a while to get used to anything different than what you are used to and it's almost inevitable that you'll have to try more than one solution so I figured at least trackballs are cheap.
You rest your hand on the trackball which is a large stationary mouse and use your thumb to roll the ball instead of dragging the actual mouse. The buttons are still in the same spot as a normal mouse.
The biggest problem with any of these mouse-type input devices is that it forces you to rest your arms on your desk in such a way that you have to rotate your forearms and hards 90 degrees so your palms are face down, the trackball (or the 3d mice from 3dconnexion) don't remedy this.
I've be kind of cool to have a mouse pad setup that was at a 45 degree angle and was somehow assisted against gravity.
When I'm using my current 3D connexion mouse and my normal mouse I keep both palms at a 45, with the 3d mouse it just seems natural.
You mean similarly to when you're using a natural split keyboard? I mean actually putting the mousepad on a tilted surface as opposed to parallel to the ground/desk.
I'm not saying this would be better or anything, truthfully I don't know, I just want to try it (without spending too much in materials to fabricate something).
When you carry a large box, you hug it and put both arms around it and your palms are facing inwards towards eachother. Imagine if you could control your mouse like that without having to put your palms face down like a zombie.
The ironic part is that I've played the piano for 21 years, lol.
I meant 45 from the ground. Not so much with my normal mouse, but definitely for the 3D mouse. I have seen some mice that seem to have that idea in mind:
Oh wow, how'd you come up with your solution?
Sorry for thinking you'd misinterpreted my post.
I might have to try one of those Microsoft Mice. Thanks for the post.
So, I figured I would give this a shot:
Wow, I am pretty impressed. It does not move at all. You can move the cursur from one corner of the screen to another with one small movement. It also has a clickable scrolling wheel for rotating about a certain point in models.
In tandem with my spacepilot, I am liking things!
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