It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A...Mouse?
Sep 19, 2009, 15:07 (1 Talkback[s])
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"What Hillcrest Labs announced yesterday is about more than just
Linux compatibility. Hillcrest is the company behind Freespace, a
"complete solution for the creation of in-air pointing and motion
control devices for a broad range of applications including
pointing remote controls, hybrid 2D/3D mice and motion-sensing game
controllers." Companies can license Freespace to develop precision
devices for all manner of tasks, from presentation pointers to
medical monitoring gear.
"That's all well and good, of course, until it comes time to use
these super-cool Freespace-powered products. What happens when
they're pointed at a Linux box — or any other consumer
computer, for that matter.
"That's exactly the question Hillcrest has been asking itself,
and yesterday it formally announced the solution: libfreespace. As
the name might suggest, libfreespace is a library that provides
Freespace support and "enables rapid development of software
applications for use with a wide range of Freespace devices."
Hillcrest envisions libfreespace expanding Freespace "beyond TV
remote controls, game controllers and PC accessories," to include
among others, "smartphones, medical diagnostic devices, body-worn
computers, virtual reality systems."