Sandio 3D Gaming Mouse gets productivity driver upgrade

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Sandio’s crazy 3D mouse, which augments the standard layout with three analog thumb-joysticks, has new drivers which add support for modeling applications. AutoCAD, Maya and 3DStudio Max now map Cartesian mojo to the mouse’s profusion of hats.

“Users of CAD and rendering software; such as AutoDesk’s 3D Studio Max, and Maya can now move along and rotate around X, Y and Z axes in Screen and Camera modes without switching between 3D objects and operation menus.For PC gamers, the Sandio 3D Game O2 is the only mouse of its kind designed for RTS and RPG games. It improves 3D game navigation, makes it possible to effortlessly and intuitively manipulate camera views, and even provides a competitive edge with 16 programmable keys.”

I requested a review unit ages ago, but ever since it arrived it’s just sat there on the shelf, looking far too intimidating to actually break out the blisterpack and make a fool of myself with.

Product Page [Sandio]

Sandio has added new driver support for AutoCAD, Maya, and 3DStudio Max. The latest driver is available for download at the Sandio Technology website. Please select Engineer Evaluation II on www.sandiotech.com.

The Sandio 3D mouse enhances PC users total experience when working with 3D applications. Users of CAD and rendering software; such as AutoDesk’s 3D Studio Max, and Maya can now move along and rotate around X, Y and Z axes in Screen and Camera modes without switching between 3D objects and operation menus.

For PC gamers, the Sandio 3D Game O2 is the only mouse of its kind designed for RTS and RPG games. It improves 3D game navigation, makes it possible to effortlessly and intuitively manipulate camera views, and even provides a competitive edge with 16 programmable keys.

In addition, Second Life residents can use the Sandio 3D mouse to move forward, backward and sideways, as well as fly, crouch, and turn right and left using only the Sandio mouse, leaving their other hand for controlling avatar’s gestures or other options. Users of Google Earth and Virtual Earth can also use the Sandio 3D mouse to fly through the 3D Internet without having to deal with keyboard or on-screen navigation tabs.

Sandio is continually updating its software support to increase 3D users’ total experience.

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8 Responses to Sandio 3D Gaming Mouse gets productivity driver upgrade

  1. sharkcellar says:

    Now THAT is a gadget!

  2. nex says:

    What the fuck? One scroll wheel? One? Retarded. Oh, and no Mac driver. This thing may be interesting to some gamers, but I can’t see how users of the 3D apps mentioned above wouldn’t much prefer a real 6DoF input device.

  3. Lea Hernandez says:

    Hey, Rob, send it to me! I’ll be glad to review it!^_-

  4. strider_mt2k says:

    Oh Rob do jump in!

    It looks like an interesting piece and you seem trustworthy enough… ;)

  5. bardfinn says:

    Mouse like there’s no-one watching.

  6. Rob Beschizza says:

    I messed around with it at CES, playing Medieval II: Total War, and I think I actually managed to completely invert the POV. Lord Strongbow conquering the Irish while being suspended upside-down from a birch tree near Dublin, no doubt.

  7. Zan says:

    AutoCAD? Are they kidding? All the high-tech shops that could afford this kind of hardware switched to SolidWorks a long time ago. Solid modeling FTW.

  8. Scuba SM says:

    Zan,

    Psh, CATIA all the way! ;)

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