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.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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