Looking for more agility to navigate the virtual 3-D world of Second Life? 3Dconnexion just announced that its 3D mouse product line will be supported by the Second Life Grid, the platform behind the popular 3-D world, starting mid-month.
Traditional mice control motion on a two-dimensional plane, while 3DConnexion’s 3D mice are tuned for a 3-D environment, thus are more intuitive for controlling actions like flying, panning and rotating without relying on any keyboard commands. Advanced navigational capabilities offered by 3Dconnexion’s 3-D mice include more fluid control over avatars, easy access to camera views, quick-switch between flycam mode and avatar motion and control of 3-D objects in build mode.
The 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator, SpaceTraveler, SpaceExplorer and SpacePilot mice range in price from $99 to $399.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
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