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neural_dream
06-01-2007, 09:03 AM
... I mean apart from playing IL2.

Can I get rid of the mouse for normal office/desktop applications using TrackIR?

What else do you people use it for apart from looking even geekier in the eyes of your partners?

As you guessed already I'm thinking of buying one but I'm not convinced yet.

DooDaH2007
06-01-2007, 09:26 AM
after all that has been said about how valuable trackir is for flight sims in general, it would be hard to get you convinced, so I will not try...

Perhaps you should open another topic stating the question:

" Who regrets buying trackir..? "


As for office applications:
Yes you can stear the mouse with trackir, but you would miss the click to click on links...



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neural_dream
06-01-2007, 12:11 PM
Originally posted by DooDaH2007:
after all that has been said about how valuable trackir is for flight sims in general, it would be hard to get you convinced, so I will not try...

Of course TrackIR is convincing for flight sims. My question was about its other applications if it has any.


Originally posted by DooDaH2007:
Perhaps you should open another topic stating the question:
" Who regrets buying trackir..? "

Noooooo. No more such topics. I don't care about those who regret buying it for whatever reason.


Originally posted by DooDaH2007:
As for office applications:
Yes you can stear the mouse with trackir, but you would miss the click to click on links...

To the point then,
when you say you could miss the click on links, how probable is that? I mean 5%, 50%, 100%? Is that TrackIR Pro 4 that you're referring to or an older one?


Thanks for your input http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

I need more like yours. If I wasn't clear I'm looking for opinions on its non-flightsim use.

edit: non-gaming in general

Banger2004
06-01-2007, 12:16 PM
Not sure about office type applications, but some driving games such as GTR use TIR, I also seem to remember reading that it can be set up in FPS such as Half-Life, though I have not tried myself. I have not looked lately on the TIR website to see what other applications might be listed.

DooDaH2007
06-01-2007, 12:38 PM
Originally posted by neural_dream:


To the point then,
when you say you could miss the click on links, how probable is that? I mean 5%, 50%, 100%? Is that TrackIR Pro 4 that you're referring to or an older one?


Thanks for your input http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

I need more like yours. If I wasn't clear I'm looking for opinions on its non-flightsim use.

edit: non-gaming in general

when I say, you miss clicks, I mean that with track ir you can steer your desktop muis, but cannot click on links or icons, because the track ir is for looking only...
It's not like you can blink your eyes and trackir will click on the link/icon you are looking at (hovering over)...

However, combining trackir with a voice recognition program can make for some very interesting non-gaming applications...

neural_dream
06-01-2007, 12:47 PM
Yeah I know http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif. I tried such a device that we are creating in our uni these months and thought that trackir could somehow do something similar as a poor man's version. Of course the one we make is tracking the iris, not a dot on a hat and you can actually click with your eyes and zoom just by staring at a location.

Ok, thanks for your inputs. It seems that nobody uses the TrackIR as anything more than a gaming gizmo, so I should just accept it and buy it like a man who likes new toys.

nickdanger3
06-01-2007, 01:02 PM
I just found out yesterday that GoogleEarth takes joystick input - was fun flying about.....

Maybe TrackIR can but used as well.....

striker-85
06-01-2007, 01:37 PM
TrackIR is great for "Hands Free" porn surfing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

JK.

FluffyDucks2
06-01-2007, 02:13 PM
Hells Bells involuntary coffee expulsion moment... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Divine-Wind
06-01-2007, 02:54 PM
Originally posted by striker-85:
TrackIR is great for "Hands Free" porn surfing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

JK.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

NP_Vincent
06-04-2007, 04:34 PM
If you are wanting to do more than just games, I would recommend the SmartNAV product, which is a mouse replacement device, which can also use the TrackIR software for gaming.

neural_dream
06-15-2007, 05:37 AM
Thanks

Bearcat99
06-15-2007, 07:20 AM
Yeah.. and then if you toss in VAC you can use the TIR to point.. VAC to click and you will have mouseless computing.

WWSensei
06-15-2007, 07:29 AM
TrackIR started its life as a mouse replacement option for people with disabilities. It's applicability to gaming was more by chance/luck/foresight. They still do the mouse replacement stuff.

As for using the criteria of "Can I use it for anything else?" as a go/no-go decision you could apply that same logic to a throttle, joystick or rudder pedals--which have limited applicability outside of flight simming.

Personally, I'd rather fly a sim without a joystick and TIR than with a joystick and without TIR. I consider it that much of an integral part of the flight simming experience.

neural_dream
06-15-2007, 10:47 AM
Originally posted by WWSensei:
Personally, I'd rather fly a sim without a joystick and TIR than with a joystick and without TIR. I consider it that much of an integral part of the flight simming experience.
I think you are just being silly now. I have it for a week or two now and it's not that great. Competitive flight simmers usually go for the numpad option or the hatswitch. TrackIR is mainly for laidback simming ( http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif which is why I bought it).

NP_Vincent
06-18-2007, 06:04 PM
Originally posted by neural_dream:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WWSensei:
Personally, I'd rather fly a sim without a joystick and TIR than with a joystick and without TIR. I consider it that much of an integral part of the flight simming experience.
I think you are just being silly now. I have it for a week or two now and it's not that great. Competitive flight simmers usually go for the numpad option or the hatswitch. TrackIR is mainly for laidback simming ( http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif which is why I bought it). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I might disagree, as most of the people at this competition are using TrackIR devices.

http://www.lowlandtigermeet.com/2007/

AFJ_rsm
06-18-2007, 07:12 PM
Originally posted by neural_dream:
Competitive flight simmers usually go for the numpad option or the hatswitch. TrackIR is mainly for laidback simming ( http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif which is why I bought it).


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