3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, announced the SpacePilot intelligent motion controller, the first 3D motion controller that can sense and adapt to the user’s application and workflow. Created to boost productivity, the new device couples next-generation 3D motion control with an array of function keys powered by adaptive technology. SpacePilot incorporates a built-in LCD display that allows users to view dynamically labeled and extendable key assignments, providing a number of functions based on the user's current task.
The SpacePilot brings to market technology developed after extensive research into CAD and Animation user workflows. Rapid, single-key access to frequent application commands is provided through the new and easily accessible function speed keys, which feature LCD-based labeling that dynamically updates based on given applications and functions. These keys can be organized into multiple banks – the ability to switch banks gives the user access to an unlimited number of keys. Other keys are labeled for common functions across professional 3D applications such as keyboard modifiers (Ctrl, Shift, Alt, Esc), standard orthographic views and the fit function.
Recognizing that the navigation and function key requirements vary by application, SpacePilot uses auto-sensing technology to set the controller’s navigation and functionality of its keys for the current application. Speed keys adapt not only to a change in the application, but also to specific tasks within the application. For example, in some applications during part modeling mode, users have access to one set of functions, and as they switch to assembly mode, the SpacePilot automatically switches to a different set of functions. The new function modes are then displayed in SpacePilot’s new dynamic LCD.