3D Motion Controller

The Globefish consists of a custom three degrees of freedom trackball which is elastically suspended within a surrounding frame. The trackball, suitable for being precisely hold from two opposing sides, can be slightly moved in all spatial directions to induce translational input. Rotational input is generated by simply rotating the sphere. Our devices are manipulated with the fingertips allowing for precise interaction with virtual objects. The elastic translation allows uniform input for all three axes and the isotonic trackball provides a natural mapping for rotations. Our user study revealed that the new devices perform significantly better in a docking task in comparison to the SpaceMouse® Controller. Subjective data confirmed these results.

Papers and Documents

  • The Globefish portfolio
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  • Fröhlich, B., Hochstrate, J., Skuk, V., Huckauf, A.
    The GlobeFish and the GlobeMouse: Two New Six Degree of Freedom Input Devices for Graphics Applications
    Proceedings of the ACM CHI 2006, pp.191-199, 2006.
    [abstract] [paper] [talk at CHI 2006] [video]
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  • Kulik, A., Hochstrate, J., Kunert, A., and Froehlich, B.
    The Globefish: A 3D Motion Controller.
    In Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, pp. 299-30, 2009.
    [abstract][preprint]
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  • Kulik, A., Hochstrate, J., Kunert, A., and Froehlich, B.
    Demo: The Globefish: A novel input device for desktop-based 3D interaction.
    In Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Symposium on 3D User interfaces (3DUI), pp. 159, 2009.
    [abstract][preprint]
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  • Kulik, A., Hochstrate, J., Kunert, A., Froehlich, B.
    The Influence of Input Device Characteristics on Spatial Perception in Desktop-Based 3D Applications
    IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces 2009 (3DUI), 2009
    [abstract] [preprint]
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  • Hochstrate, J., Pfotenhauer, M.
    Navigation mit dem Kugelfisch
    Proceedings 4. Workshop ,,Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität der GI-Fachgruppe VR/AR'', pp. 133–140, 2007.
    [abstract][preprint]