3DConnexion – World Domination In a Tiny Package

By MarkBurhop

There are certain things you will find around most engineers desks. They will have something for measuring. They will have something for building (even if it is just a screw driver).  They will have a computer, and they will have a 3DConnextion 3D mouse.

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So, needless to say, we’re really glad about 3DConnexion being a Silver sponsor for Solid Edge University.They have also stepped up with some high end 3D mice for a design competition we are doing.  If you have some serious CAD skills, be sure to watch for this when you get to Solid Edge University.

Now, to ask 3DConnexion the hard questions!

How does your company plan to achieve world domination and how will your products help do this?

With 3Dconnexion support in more than 250 leading applications, 3Dconnexion is already dominating the 3D software world – so conquering the rest of the planet is a logical next step. Our first step would be ensuring that school children around the world know that if you are riding in an airplane or car, standing in a building, or watching an animated movie, there’s a good chance it was created with a 3D mouse.  We call this our “Hearts and Minds” campaign.

3Dconnexion 3D mice revolutionize the way users work with 3D applications by providing a more natural and intuitive way to interact with digital 3D content. By gently manipulating the 6-Degrees-of-Freedom controller cap, users can simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate their 3D models or camera position while using a standard mouse to select, create and edit. It’s an intuitive, balanced and cooperative work style that boosts speed, design quality and comfort – advantages every 3D application user needs.

Does your product incorporate lasers?  If not, should it?

While 3Dconnexion 3D mice don’t use lasers, they do feature a brilliant blue LED around the controller cap. Even cooler, products like the new SpaceMouse Pro provides a more natural and intuitive way for users to interact with 3D content. But don’t look directly at the light – you may get hypnotized by its powers and lose quality designing time!

The 3D controller cap recently became even more powerful with the announcement of the 3DxWare 10 beta driver platform, allowing 3D mice to be used in practically any application.  Based on early feedback, users are clearly finding value in leverage the power of 3D mice beyond their traditional use. Will this grow into a must have for everyone someday? It’s hard to predict given the multitude of other human computer interaction paradigms taking shape. Our vision is to equip every professional 3D user with a 3Dconnexion product.

In parallel, a secret team within 3Dconnexion (so secret they don’t know who the other team members are) is integrating pulse-laser technology into future 3D mice for use in interplanetary exploration.  Stay tuned.

What can a customer do with your product? Who is your ideal customer?

From design engineers to video game creators to architectural engineers, 3Dconnexion 3D mice provide a revolutionary way to work with 3D applications. They have helped make a wide range of designs, including cars, shopping centers, flying robots, and more. Check out some of the ways our customers are using their 3Dconnexion 3D mice at our website.

How can our readers join you in your plan for world domination?

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