And that’s a bunch of steaming fertiliser, if you ask me. Immersion have a list of iFeel-supporting games here ; it’s not a long list. Servomotors inside them let them push back against the user, for a more realistic feel. Overall If you can see perfectly well, I can think of no rational reason for you to buy one of these things. Give Dan some money! What about the feel?
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Not many games, to be honest. Now, if you don’t see too well, a buzzy twangy clicky mouse could be very handy indeed. What about the feel? And if my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a wagon.
Logitech iFeel MouseMan
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. Maybe you’ll love it. 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.
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 – left-handed users need not apply.
It can just buzz as you size the window. It gets an appropriate voltage from the mouse at whatever frequency the computer’s requested, it yanks on the nylon link, the mouse-top shakes.
Logitech iFeel MouseMan review – Engadget
The top of the mouse keeps exactly the same texture all the time. 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. Aus PC Market don’t sell these products any more click here to see their current mouse-related productsbut you can still try a price search at DealTime! And that’s about it. Go ahead and play with an iFeel mouse in the shop and see what you think.
It’s basically just a little partial-rotation motor, with a spindle that can only turn a few degrees.
If it were cordless, that could be really awkward. Similarly, Immersion say you can really feel the texture of on-screen surfaces in software that’s iFeel-enabled.
Review: Logitech iFeel mouses
They each contain a “high-fidelity Inertial Harmonic Drive engine”. So much for the look. Ifeel give you a lot more certainty about when the pointer’s on some small screen feature, and when it isn’t.
Immersion’s TouchSense is supported by quite a lot of games, but only for other force feedback controllers – various wheels and joysticks from Logitech, Microsoft, ThrustMaster and others. Well, unless you’re left-handed and it’s the MouseMan, in which case you can swing it around on its cable and threaten the gift-giver with it until they give you something better. So I checked out the plain iFeel Mouse, which is your normal two-buttons-and-a-wheel whatsit but happens to have a high-fidelity yada yada yada in it, and the iFeel MouseMan, which is the four button asymmetric fancy-version styled to compete with Microsoft’s Intellimouse Explorer.
It’s capable of very fast response, and it’s linked to the top shell of the mouse via a somewhat compliant dog-legged springy nylon bellcrank thingy.
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. Give Dan some money! 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 they’ve made some other pointing device that really does have proper force feedback, but this ain’t it.
The plain iFeel Mouse is an ordinary-sized, ordinary-shaped unit Marketing gibberish aside, I was interested to see what use a buzzing mouse could be. Executed the same way as, say, a force-feedback kogitech wheel, a force-feedback mouse would scurry right off the mat if you didn’t keep your hand on it.
To avoid the problem of people having to catch their mouse before it makes it to a main road, Logitech’s iFeel mouses just vibrate. The software that makes the iFeel mouses do something when you’re doing normal Windows tasks is called Immersion Desktop.
Overall If you can see perfectly well, I can think of no rational reason for you to buy one of these things. And I dare say it might make it easier to learn to use Windows if the several similar-looking window widgets each have their own distinct feel.
At maximum power, it’s ridiculous.