Everyday of your computing life, you have to use the mouse whenever you wish to move the pointer to activate something. The mouse detects your motion and your clicks and sends them to the computer so that it will respond accordingly. An ordinary mouse detects the motion only within the X and Y direction and acts as two a dimensional controller. Thus it’s not well suited for 3D graphics environment. In this case we use a space mouse that is used for detecting objects in 3D environment.
The Space Mouse may be a peripheral tool for controlling 3D objects created by computer programmers. This tool represents a part of the vanguard of a category of 3Dmouse products that permit users to use more natural movements in manipulating 3D objects on a screen. A 3D mouse has its own system of controls. And its own signals that require to be interpreted by an OS and/or application.
The basic controls of the Space Mouse enable certain types of movement and manipulations. An easy twist left and right, or push up and down, can correspond to the given direction on the screen. A tilt feature and a zoom feature are also enclosed. When a 3D mouse like the Space Mouse is supported, it will create it easier for users to access and manipulate different types of three-dimensional programming on their computing devices.
The main aim of mouse is to translate the motion of your hand into signals that the computer will use. Almost all mice nowadays do the translation using 5 components:
- A ball within the mouse touches the desktop and rolls once the mouse moves.
- The 2 roller within the mouse touch the ball. One of the rollers is placed in order that it sense motion in the X direction, and the other is placed 90 degrees to the first roller so that it sense motion in the Y direction. When the ball starts rotating, one or both of these rollers rotate.
- The rollers each connect with a shaft, and also the shaft spins a disk with holes in it. When roller rolls, its shaft and disk rotates.
- On either side of the disk there’s infrared LED and an infrared detector. The holes in the disk cut the beam of light coming back from the LED in order that the infrared detector sees pulses of light.
- An on-board processor chip reads the pulses from the infrared detectors and turns them into binary information the computer will perceive. The chip transfers the binary information to the computer through the mouse’s wire.