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I would argue that this article has some encyclopedic value.[edit]

I will make some studies into what more can be said about the devices that are being developed specifically in order to improve and facilitate the use of 3D graphics soft and hardware. I ask that if anyone with an established knowledge could in the meantime start the ball rolling to avoid the page being deleted or discredited that they should do so. -- Eddy (talk|contribs) 03:29, 22 June 2009 (UTC)


I see that "spaceball" in the computer science sense redirects here. I've stumbled upon this, a completely different device made by SGI, which appears to go by the same name ; should it be mentioned, and if yes, how ? Rama (talk) 19:57, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

It's not a completely different device. It's a really old version of this device. And it's not *made* by silicon graphics, it's just branded. Jtsiomb (talk) 02:31, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

Yes, I too got here because of the Spaceball redirect, which is completely inappropriate. Several Spaceball products existed many years before 3Dconnexion did (I used to have a serial one with a 1992 manufacture date). See [1] - I realize it's not clearly sourced etc but you get the idea. Anyway, at some point I might write a new Spaceball article and replace the redirect - but if someone else wants to, please preempt me since I don't have a lot of time at the moment. Dan. (talk) 03:04, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

In the late 80s there were two major players with competing designs for 3D spacial controllers. DLR (German Aerospace) and Spacetec IMC. DLR later dropped the ball as it were, and went with the Magellan/Spacemouse 'puck' design, while Spacetec retained the ball for many years until it was IP was eventually absorbed by 3DConnexion. (which also absorbed DLR's design) John Hilton, the designer of the Spacetec spaceball left the company after the buyout, and went on to start SpacialFreedom, which still uses the ball design. The spaceball as a device should have page unto itself, rather than a redirect to 3DConnexion. I would write up such a page, but it would feel like referencing/duplicating my own website. Tehrasha (talk) 00:21, 23 September 2013 (UTC)