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John
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3D controls and views
John   8/9/2012 9:56:03 AM
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These are really neat, usefull, and not to mention fun.  I wish I worked for a company that would spring for $75 mice like the one I purchased because it has 19 buttons and track resolution is completely adjustable.  I would have my stereoscopic glasses at work except the monitors are 60hz refresh.  But wait... I am using a $7,000 workstation with 12 Xeon cores nearly 3Ghz each and it came with a $10 two button mouse/keyboard combo.  I would love to see 3D devices in the work place, but I am afraid it's the employee who will be purchasing these things.  Until things get a lot cheaper it's the massive multiplayer online gaming mouse for me.  Heck, it even has that wow factor where the buttons eluminate and dim. 

Beth Stackpole
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Re: 3D controls and views
Beth Stackpole   8/9/2012 10:28:44 AM
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@John: You raise a good point at how to make the business case so employers actually invest in these devices for their engineers. That can be a pricey purchase for someone to make on their own.

Greg M. Jung
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Re: Clever Innovations
Greg M. Jung   8/9/2012 1:44:16 PM
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@Beth:  I'll admit, at first this knob movement felt strange and awkward.  However, my left hand quickly got up the learning curve and became used to the required motions.  By the end of the week, I found myself subconsciously reaching for the knob to rotate and zoom the model with my left hand instead of using the standard mouse picks with my right hand mouse.  Overall, I liked the idea of using two hands to manipulate and create CAD models (instead of mostly using just one).

tekochip
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Open to change
tekochip   8/9/2012 4:20:22 PM
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I think Engineers are probably more open to change than most people, since we are always working with new tools and technology, but it seems that the average person is reluctant to change.  I always get a kick out of people opening up their laptop and the trying to find extra space to plug in a mouse into it rather than using the touchpad or other input device on the laptop.


bobjengr
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Re: Crazy stuff
bobjengr   8/9/2012 5:43:49 PM
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Beth, I definitely agree with you on this one.   My wife and one of our sons surprised me with a Kindle Fire for my last birthday.  I have been working with this marvelous device for several days now and have found the operation remarkable in that there is no real strain on my wrists or hands.  The apps that can be downloaded do just about all of the things I need done and then some.  I would gladly move my computer mouse to the shelf if I could use the tablet.  I can see a tremendous advantage for a CAD or CAE operators that live on a computer day after day. I  had no idea there were as many "options" relative to data entry.  I suspect most if not all of these are on the "market" right now and can be purchased.   Great post.

 

 

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Open to change
Beth Stackpole   8/10/2012 8:05:29 AM
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@tekochip: No doubt people hate change and you count me among that mix. The idea of having to learn new things simply to handle the day-to-day tasks that you do everyday is where people typically have the most opposition. But as you say, it's opening yourself up to new ways of working that ultimately might save you time and help you do a better job in the process.

Charles Murray
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Re: Crazy stuff
Charles Murray   8/13/2012 10:39:08 PM
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If you haven't seen Minority Report, Beth, you should see it. Tom Cruise opens and closes screens and moves things around by waving his arms and using his hands, in a way the way that I imagine is similar to what you've described here. Also, I have a hunch you're right about Spielberg's connection to Jobs. I don't know anyone else who could have imagined that so accurately years before it actually happened.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Crazy stuff
Beth Stackpole   8/14/2012 8:21:55 AM
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If he imagined the gesture interface of today back then (without a peak from his buddy Steve Jobs) then Speilberg missed out on the opportunity to count tech genius among his many talents. I'll have to check out the movie, Chuck. Thanks for the heads up!

Dave
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Kinect represents the start of touchless manipulation.
Dave   9/17/2012 10:53:01 AM
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I think not enough credit was given to Microsoft's Kinect system, which was originally created for XBox and is now being integrated into many no-touch devices due to its low cost (resulting from large scale production).

It would not surprise me at all if this incredible device is integrated into the upcoming Windows 8 suit of computers, tablets, and phones. Exciting times are here; that is for certain!

JD-STL
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Minority Report interface is Oblong Industries
JD-STL   9/17/2012 12:03:11 PM
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Beth, John Underkoffler was the designer of the "Minority Report" interface. He later worked to make it real at Oblong Industries. Go to their website to check it out.

 

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