At least until one comes along that really is. Here, now, are a couple of force-feedback mouses. Force-feedback steering wheels and joysticks can make flying and driving games considerably more involving – not to mention let you know when you’re flying too fast to bank hard, or when you’re buzzing your tyres over the ripple strip. Getting going The iFeel mouses are both USB devices, and they come with Logitech’s standard Mouseware driver software, and the separate iFeel driver package, both of which are set up as part of the standard install process. If you’re shopping for a mouse for yourself, though, you can get cheaper Logitech models that do the exact same thing, without the weird force feedback frills.
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You can turn the overall power down, though, and make the effects very subtle if you want.
Force-feedback steering wheels and joysticks can make flying and driving games considerably more involving – not to mention let you know when you’re flying too fast to bank hard, or when you’re buzzing your loigtech over the ripple strip. What about the feel?
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It’ll give you a lot more certainty about when the pointer’s on some small screen feature, and when it isn’t. If you’ve got one of those games, you can get buzzes and clicks when you pick things up, select and fire weapons, land after jumping, and so on. To avoid the problem of mojseman having to catch their mouse before it kogitech it to a main road, Logitech’s iFeel mouses just vibrate.
I really don’t think ordinary computer users need any of this, though.
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Give Dan some money! I tell you – if we ever let the Immersion buzzword-creation people come up with a name for say, a Boeingthe world won’t contain enough paper to write down the result. Overall If you can see perfectly well, I can think of no rational reason for you to buy one of these things.
It can just buzz as you size the window.
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At maximum power, it’s ridiculous. It’s comfortable to use, but if you switch back and forth between it and an Explorer, you’re likely to keep accidentally pressing the MouseMan’s fourth button – the Explorer’s two side buttons are higher up.
The Inertial Harmonic Flux Capacitor, or whatever the heck it’s called, is perfectly capable of playing quite high-pitched notes. They’re input devices with a mind of their own. Maybe you’ll love it. They use Immersion ‘s TouchSense technology, that’s what they do.
Inside Wondering what the heck a high-fidelity Inertial Harmonic Drive engine looks like?
The MouseMan further imitates the Explorer with its tail-light – an internal blue LED that illuminates the Logitech logo on the back of the mouse, and casts a dim glow out through the translucent side of the mouse. The mouses don’t do anything special in games that take advantage of the other TouchSense gadgets. OK, it’s just a buzzing mouse, it’s not Big Disco Bass. At least until one comes along that really is. What you really feel is more like moving a mouse with a toothpick sticking out of the bottom of it over a texture.
But it still feels as if the thing’s got a Christmas beetle stuck inside it. They also work in games. Essentially, you can get feedback whenever the mouse moves onto a clickable thing on the screen – a window, an icon, things on the Taskbar – and you can also get feedback when you’re performing tasks like sizing a window or moving a scroll bar. Maybe you’ll reallyum, love, it. Similarly, Immersion say you can really feel the texture of on-screen surfaces in software that’s iFeel-enabled.
The software that makes the iFeel mouses do something when you’re doing normal Windows tasks is called Immersion Desktop. Marketing gibberish aside, I was interested to see what use a buzzing mouse could be. Me, I’ll just stick with a mouse that doesn’t think it’s sixty million times better. The top of the mouse keeps exactly the same texture all the time. It’ll even work if you’re stone deaf. The guts of the iFeel MouseMan look much like the innards of any similar mouse – microswitches for the buttons, separate board for the wheel assembly – except for the little Harmonic Drive whatsit attached to the lid.
It’s got the see-through base, as well, with its fourth button close to the bottom edge on the thumb side for right-handers – mousmean users need not apply. Force-feedback gadgets are cool.