Two Handed Power
Combining a SpaceMouse in one hand and a regular mouse/CadMouse in the other can save a lot of time by overlapping tasks. The SpaceMouse can take care of moving things while the CadMouse is left to select. The programmable buttons on both the SpaceMouse and CadMouse can also mean less hand travel to the keyboard, and less mouse travel to get to common functions. On average, 3D mouse users consider themselves to be 21% more productive than when not using a 3D mouse, thanks to the balanced and co-operative two-handed work-style where you can do two things at the same time*. Based on a very conservative productivity gain of just 5%, using 44 work weeks per year consisting of 40 hours each at $50/hr, the time/pay savings would be 88hrs/$4,400 per engineer each year. Everyone will have different numbers, but even the most expensive kit can have a short return on investment.
This same two-handed work-style can help reduce pain and fatigue due to repetitive strain injuries in your hand, wrist and arm. Independent studies show that 97% of users reported less pain when using a SpaceMouse alongside their normal mouse, and that pain was reduced by 61% in the first month, and 77% in six months**. Both left and right hand motions are also reduced by nearly two-thirds, meaning less muscle fatigue, and 90% of users didn’t want to go back to using a normal mouse***.
* Source: The Economic Payback of 3D Mice for CAD Design Engineers, Technology Assessment Group
** Source: Reducing Physical Discomfort and Pain among 3D Computer Users - VSI Risk Management and Ergonomics
*** Source: Ergonomic Efficiency Testing Two-Handed vs. One-Handed CAD Working Styles – Ergonomic Technologies Corporation
Multiple wireless devices can share the same USB receiver and 3DxWare 10 software. Feel free to take a more in depth look at the 3Dconnection offerings below.