3DConnexion Donates SpaceNavigators to KOffice

A couple of weeks ago Hans Bakker, who had never touched KOffice code before, started hacking on a Krita plugin for the 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator. Within a week or two he had a working plugin for Krita and it quickly became clear how cool these little devices are and how many possibilities for new user interaction paradigms they afford.

So Hans suggested contacting Ettore Pasquini from 3DConnexion about the possibility of them donating a SpaceNavigator to the KOffice project for testing purposes. Well, that was only last week, and this week a box with three SpaceNavigators already landed on my desk. These are nice, solid feeling, attractive to handle things that come out of the box with drivers for Linux.

For an early review of what is possible with the SpaceNavigor on Linux, see this review on, SpaceNavigator: An affordable 3D controller for Linux.

I will be distributing them among KOffice hackers for playing with and testing Hans' code this week, and I am sure that during the development of the KOffice 2 series of releases we will find more and more interesting uses for this unusual and fun interaction tool.

Thanks Ettore and 3DConnexion!


I'm sure the guys working on Marble and KStars would love to borrow one of these :-) Perhaps some of the games too?


By odysseus at Thu, 2008/03/20 - 5:00am

We can hit two birds with one stone as it were -- I can propose sending one to Inge Wallin, who's both involved in KOffice and in Marble :-)

By Boudewijn Rempt at Thu, 2008/03/20 - 5:00am

Yes, please send one to Inge - that should keep him from working on KChart ;-)

By Torsten Rahn at Fri, 2008/03/21 - 5:00am

Awesome! Thanks a lot to 3DConnexion! Glad to see Krita coming along so nicely!

By Anne-Marie Mahfouf at Fri, 2008/03/21 - 5:00am

Haha! I should threaten to work on other projects than Marble more often.

Now... A beer at Akademy to the person who suggests the best usage of this little device in kchart. :-)

By Inge Wallin at Sat, 2008/03/22 - 5:00am

Well, a whole beer crate goes to the person who suggests the best usage of this little device in Marble ;-)

By Torsten Rahn at Sun, 2008/03/23 - 5:00am

Pardon my feeble imagination, but how usefull can a 3d controller be for a 2d drawing application ?

By moltonel at Thu, 2008/03/20 - 5:00am

The third dimension is used for zooming. While the first and second is used for panning.

By Cyrille Berger at Thu, 2008/03/20 - 5:00am

Could you also use it for drawing? The simplest thing might be to map the 3rd dimension to pressure, in order to re-use the way pressure-sensitive devices are handled. While this might not be the best idea, perhaps someone who is playing with the device can come up with a better one...

By Martin at Fri, 2008/03/21 - 5:00am

Thanks 3DConnexion!
And they should get the possibility to advertise that somehow - I'm sure they would appreciate some positive official statement or something.

By Roland Wolters at Thu, 2008/03/20 - 5:00am

Glad to be of help! And thanks Hans for the work :)

By ettore p at Thu, 2008/03/20 - 5:00am

Thanks again! And welcome to the Dot!

By Martin at Fri, 2008/03/21 - 5:00am