3D mouse heralds a brave new world of gaming

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Axsotic has developed a 3D-Spheric-Mouse that just might have the potential to radically alter the world of gaming as we know it.

Why and how, you ask?

Well, the unique input device allows users to control a three-dimensional virtual object by "grabbing" it and moving it around.

As Evan Ackerman of Dvice explains, the mouse itself remains stationary, while a a round sensor "ball" in the middle of the device is effectively free-floating.

"You can pull it, push it or twist it and a system of sensitive springs and magnets will translate those motions into movements in a 3D environment as panning, zooming or rotating, respectively — with a precision of over 2,000 DPI," he explained.

"So, just imagine the 3D gaming possibilities: fast and flexible camera control in strategy games, or the ultimate flight controller for flying games."