[LAD] Mouse/knob interaction

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at folkwang-hochschule.de
Thu Sep 16 08:45:21 UTC 2010

On 09/16/2010 02:18 AM, Niels Mayer wrote:
> This looks like a better mouse-knob interactor, e.g. use the mouse for
> pointing/selecting, and then use this knob for simultaneously
> controlling multiple parameters on the selected channel at once.
> http://www.3dconnexion.com/products/spacenavigator.html
> "push, pull, twist or tilt"
> someone needs to build a driver that outputs MIDI controllers for every "axis"

i've worked with a predecessor of this thing, and it was nice. the 
downside of it is that it's an integrating controller: you apply 
constant force or torque (=constant displacement) along any axis, and 
it's interpreted as constant velocity of your pointer. that means it 
behaves like a joystick, not like a mouse. very nice for intuitive 
manipulation of objects, but hitting precise values or locations is 
quite hard.

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