3D Mice Connect 3D Explorers to Virtual Universe
Fremont, Calif. - November 3, 2008 - 3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, today announced that its line of 3D mice is now supported by Microsoft Corporation’s WorldWide Telescope, developed by Microsoft Research. 3D mice can enhance the experience for astronomy enthusiasts and educators flying through the virtual universe and exploring visually rich images of constellations and planets, whether for education or fun.
“When used together, 3Dconnexion 3D mice and Worldwide Telescope allow people to truly immerse themselves in virtual space so they can explore and discover galaxies, stars and planets in a new way,” said Dieter Neujahr, president of 3Dconnexion. “It’s as close as you can get to space travel without becoming an astronaut.”
“Our goal for the WorldWide Telescope free service is to foster education and make learning about the universe fun for students of all ages,” said Curtis Wong, manager of Microsoft’s Next Media Research Group. “We’re delighted that 3Dconnexion is creating ways for educators, students and enthusiasts to use SpaceNavigator with WorldWide Telescope to enhance their 3D experience.”
Unlike mice confined to motion on one flat plane, 3Dconnexion’s 3D mice enable WorldWide Telescope users to move in all three dimensions simultaneously, simply by gently lifting, pressing and twisting the 3D mouse controller cap. In addition, people can tilt their view in Earth and Planet modes to navigate along the surface of the earth, moons or planets.
Pricing and Availability
Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope supports the entire 3Dconnexion product line, including SpaceNavigator™, SpaceNavigator for Notebooks, SpaceExplorer™, and SpacePilot™, on Windows® XP and Windows Vista®. SpaceNavigator Personal Edition (MSRP $59), SpaceNavigator Standard Edition (MSRP $99), SpaceNavigator for Notebooks (MSRP $129), SpaceExplorer (MSRP $299), and SpacePilot (MSRP $399) are available from major online resellers, including Amazon, Buy.com, CDW, Dell, and PC Mall, as well as directly at www.3Dconnexion.com.
About 3Dconnexion, a Logitech Company
3Dconnexion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI), is the leading provider of 3D mice for 3D design and visualization. 3Dconnexion devices support today's most popular and powerful 3D applications by offering users a more intuitive and natural way to interact with computer-generated 3D content. 3Dconnexion's award-winning 3D mice serve a wide variety of industries and are used by 3D designers, animators and artists worldwide. 3Dconnexion is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with European headquarters in Seefeld, Germany and offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.3Dconnexion.com.
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