3Dconnexion navigation devices now supported by Microsoft’s live search maps

3Dconnexion navigation devices now supported by Microsoft’s live search maps

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California, USA, 01 May 2007: 3Dconnexion announced that its line of 3D navigation devices are now supported by the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform, enabling people to fly through the Live Search Maps 3D world in a manner not previously possible with a mouse and keyboard alone. With 3Dconnexion’s SpaceNavigator device, users can take advantage of the same powerful navigation control popular with 3D artists and computer-aided design (CAD) professionals.

3Dconnexion’s devices significantly enhance the Live Search Maps experience. When navigating 3D worlds with a mouse and keyboard alone, people must repeatedly stop to switch tools or toggle keyboard shortcuts to change directions. Using a 3Dconnexion device, people can fly seamlessly through the visually rich 3D world of Live Search Maps to learn, discover and explore by gently manipulating a controller cap. Within 3D mode in Live Search Maps, an online local search and mapping Web site powered by the Virtual Earth platform, customers can use a 3Dconnexion device to navigate through immersive 3D environments within a browser interface.

“The ease with which people can now navigate in Live Search Maps using a 3Dconnexion device is truly exceptional, and on top of that, it makes for an engaging 3D exploration experience,” said Aric Weiker, director of product management for the Virtual Earth platform at Microsoft Corp. “3Dconnexion’s devices dramatically change how our customers interact with both Virtual Earth and Live Search Maps.”

“The Live Search Maps high-quality graphics, coupled with impressive mapping functionality, provide an immersive visual experience,” said Rory Dooley, president of 3Dconnexion. “Our navigation devices further enhance the experience by connecting people to the content more powerfully, enhancing understanding and encouraging exploration.”

3Dconnexion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Logitech is a provider of 3D navigation devices for 3D design and visualization. 3Dconnexion devices support powerful 3D applications by offering users a more intuitive and natural way to interact with computer-generated 3D content. For more information, visit www.3Dconnexion.com.