Types of Mouse Grip

One way to begin thinking about the computer mouse that will work best for you is considering how you hold the device. Believe it or not, there are three common hand positions people use to grip the mouse. They all come with their own unique advantages and disadvantages, so let’s take a look at all three now.

Most popular types of Mouse Grip

  • Fingertip Grip

fingertip grip mouseThe fingertip grip is fairly-self explanatory in that you’re really only touching the mouse with the tips of your fingers. This grip allows you the best range of motion because you can move the mouse simply by extending and retracting your fingers. It works great for playing RTS games or working in a desktop environment.

  • Claw Grip

Claw grip mouseClaw grip is similar to fingertip grip expect for the fact that your palm is connected to your mouse at all times. Your ring finger and pinkie will most likely wrap around the sides of the mouse a bit too. While this grip won’t offer you the same kind of mobility that you’d get from the one above, it will definitely afford you more control. It’s also easier to access the fourth and fifth buttons if your mouse has them.

  • Palm Grip

Palm grip mouseWith palm grip, practically your entire hand is making contact with the mouse. Your fingertips may not be touching it though because extending your fingers out means that they might be slightly off the mouse or facing forward instead of down. On some mice, however, you may have to draw your index and/or middle finger back so that it connects with its left and right clickers, as some models don’t have them wrap over the edge where your fingertips would otherwise lie. Palm grip will let you move your mouse at higher speeds, measured in Inches Per Second (ISP). It’s also the best grip for reducing fatigue.

Depending on the size and shape of your hands, you may find that some hybrid version of these three grips works best. Obviously, what you’re using the mouse for will play a large role too.

3D Space Mouse Pro Wireless Review

The tendency to constantly upgrade software applications and tools in the computer aided design community is one that has been well documented and a design enthusiast can simply look to Autodesk as the perfect example of a manufacturer that consistently upgrades its products—even when not needed—for its teeming fans.

Borrowing a leaf from Autodesk’s playbook, 3D Connexion planned to outdo themselves and their initial 3D mouse—the Space Mouse wireless—by releasing to the public an upgrade or newer version known as the Space Mouse Pro. 3D connexions job was to produce the device—which they did—and now, our job is to let you know if this product is a hit or miss. So here is our review.

Once again, we will be making use of the grading system employed in reviewing the Space Mouse wireless and this system will take into consideration, 3 aspects relating to the Space Mouse Pro and its usability/functions.

The three aspects to be considered are; its features, ease of use, specification and pricing. At the end of the day, a final score will be awarded to this 3D mouse as well as a recommendation based on its capabilities.

Introducing the Space Mouse Pro

3d-mouseThe space Mouse Pro is the second wireless 3D mouse designed and developed by design power house—3D Connexion. The device which was designed as heir apparent to the—now ordinary looking—Space Mouse wireless comes with beautiful aesthetics that will make the most ‘anti 3D mouse’ designer want to test drive its features and uses…And yes it does look that beautiful. The mouse is made up of these three basic components like its predecessor;

  1. A controller Cap—for 3 dimensional movements
  2. An aesthetic base—which serves as a support base for both the controller cap and side buttons
  3. A micro USB receiver—to make near field/wireless communication possible.

After purchasing the device and unpacking—which is quite easy—the first time user will first marvel at its beauty before noticing the other components of the box which consists of an installation DVD and the micro USB receiver. Next, to use the Space Mouse Pro, you connect the USB receiver to your computer, hit the start button and are welcomed into the world of navigation with a 3D mouse.

The Features of the 3D Space Mouse Pro

3D Connexion definitely took the challenge of outdoing themselves seriously.

In terms of ergonomics, there can be no doubt that this device is better crafted than its predecessor and it is equipped with the normal features as well as some extra ones as outlined below:

  • The controller cap—at the head of the device is the controller cap equipped with Connexion’s patented 6 degree of freedom technology which was developed to make navigation easy and fun to do with the 3D mouse. To also ensure that the user’s grip remains firm, the 4 groves at the sides of the controller cap makes a return to simplify the movement and navigation processes of the Space Mouse Pro.
  • The Wireless Base—3D Connexion ensured that the controller cap gets all the support it needs by providing a broader and wider base which both supports the navigation cap and the several buttons at the right and left sides of the mouse pad/base.
  • The Right-sided Buttons—at the right hand side of the base there are several navigation buttons designed to serve both viewing and panning functions. Therefore, the user can now make use of specific orthographic views and angles when interacting with a 3D workspace.
  • The Left-sided Buttons—the buttons at the left are replacement keys for traditional functions such as right and left clicking. These buttons can also be customized according to the user’s requirements thereby eliminating the need for constantly returning to your keyboard to access some shortcuts/functions.

Using the Space Mouse Pro

The first step to using the Space Mouse Pro is definitely installing the required drivers and customizing the 3D mouse to meet your own specific requirements. At our end, carrying out these functions was a walk through as most of the information you need are on the 3D connexion website.

Also installing and updating the needed drivers should be done via tutorials from the website. After learning these basics, the next step was designing a simple 3D model on MAYA which provided the information for outlining the pros and cons below:

Pros:

  • The Space Mouse Pro—if adequately calibrated—eliminates the repetitive gestures and functions that CAD is notorious for, due to the fact that once you customize the 15 available buttons to meet your needs, regular visits to your keyboard will be a thing of the past.
  • 3D Navigation—working with the Pro can be likened to reaching into your computer with your hands and manipulating any sketch or model you want. The device really gives you such control and navigation abilities.
  • Going Wireless—eliminating the need for connecting cords while working on your office desk is always a big advantage.
  • It is poised to be the navigational device of the future so getting conversant with it is recommended.

Cons:

  • Pricing—when compared to its predecessor or your traditional mouse, the price of the Space Mouse Pro can seem a bit steep.
  • Ease of use—getting used to the functions of the device might take some time and its two handed functions may be a bit strange to new users.

Specifications and Pricing

Minimum System Requirements
* Windows XP Professional (SP2, SP3), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (RTM, SP2 and SP3)
* Windows Vista (RTM, SP1 and SP2, all editions)
* Windows 7 (RTM and SP1, all editions)
* AIX 5.2 ML04 or newer
* HP-UX 11 or newer
* Linux Redhat Enterprise WS 4, 5, Novell SuSE Linux 9.3, 10, 11
* Sun Solaris 9/04 or newer, Sun Solaris 10 (x86/x64)
* USB port

MAC Requirements
* Apple OS X 10.8
* Apple OS X 10.7
* Apple OS X 10.6

Pricing—at $279, the Space Mouse Pro could be seen as a huge investment by some.

Finally, it is important to note that we believe the pros of using the Space Mouse Pro wireless far out weights the cons and its acceptance into the main stream CAD community will definitely be a pleasure as more designers acquire the device. So with a score of 4.3/5, the Space Mouse Pro takes a bow.

3D Finger Mouse

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter have given hope to innovators, allowing them to turn their dreams into reality. Now, they will not have to worry about funds thanks to crowdfunding.

This opened the door of endless possibilities for people who want to contribute to make life better through innovation. Although, there are some very innovative products coming from crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, very few can achieve what Mycestro has done.

Nick Mastandrea is an executive, who finds it tough to use a mouse on a commercial flight. This sparked the idea of developing a wearable 3D mouse in Nick Mastandrea’s mind. He used crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise funds for his project and went on to turn his idea into an innovative product.

Who is the 3D Finger Mouse made for?

Imagine a mouse that fits on your fingers and can do everything that a regular mouse can. Thanks to the 3D Finger Mouse, you do not have to fit a bulky mouse in a tiny space on airline table tray ever again. This makes it great for travelers who travel by air or road. It is also perfect for press conferences, coffee shops and computer labs.

Mycestro will be your best friend when it comes to delivering presentations and lectures. You can easily navigate through in car menus with this wearable mouse instead of touching the touch-screen while driving. As such, if you are making long commutes, this mouse is a great way for you to get some work done while the vehicle is in motion.

Functionality3d-mouse

When you spend $150 to buy a mouse, you want it to deliver. Mycestro did deliver, but not without going through a tough set up. People who spend much of their time in multi tasking will not like its slow response and might get irritated after using it for few days. As such, you will have to get used to it. However, getting over its rather “unique” design will not be easy.

If you deliver lectures in front of an audience, there is nothing better than having a Mycestro mouse at your disposal. It can be charged through a USB cable and detects your hand movement effectively.

When we talk about wireless devices, battery life is an important factor. More specifically, how long will the battery last? It depends on your usage patterns. Moreover, since these devices usually require constant power, you may not get more than a few hours.

Pros and Cons

Some of the pros and cons of this 3D mouse include:

Pros

  • It is wireless and lightweight
  • You can control the cursor with natural gestures and your thumb
  • It has a range of 30 feet
  • It detects hand movement in 3D space
  • Long battery life (Bluetooth 4.0 low energy protocol)
  • Compatible with Mac, PC and iOS and android devices

Cons

  • Relatively expensive for many
  • Unique design that takes some getting used to
  • Not easy to set up
  • Slow responsiveness at times
  • Plastic is not very appealing

Final Thoughts

Mycestro is another bright product coming out of a Kickstarter campaign. With a few hiccups here and there, Mycestro does what it says. However, a $150 price tag might put some off, but if you are traveler, student, or a businessperson, you should consider shelling out some cash for Mycestro.

Its slow response (at times) and high price may keep the average user away from this 3D wearable mouse. Whether you decide to buy it or not, one thing is for sure, this mouse has set the standard for the device. Do not be surprised to see many new wearable variants coming in the future. Until the issues are ironed out, it is better you stick to your mouse.