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I'm still not sure how I feel about the NIA. On one hand, the device has undeniable potential, and I could see it becoming popular if OCZ refined the concept and improved usability. I can certainly understand the appeal, even if I don't particularly feel like practicing for weeks and spending hours fashioning complicated control schemes—Schuette even suggests making separate schemes for different maps in the same game.


On the flip side, the current implementation didn't really woo me, and it raises all kinds of questions about whether more exotic control schemes are really the best direction for PC gaming. Unless you're Fatal1ty, you probably don't care too much about shaving 100 ms off your reaction times, and you probably have plenty of fun with your mouse and keyboard, gamepad, or Wii-mote already. If it ain't broke, why fix it?

Well, I suppose that kind of thinking doesn't really foster innovation, and I do commend OCZ for at least trying something new instead of looking for more ways to dress up a conventional mouse. The NIA needs a good amount of extra polish before I can recommend it to everyone, though.
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post #2 of 21
Yeah, the article doesn't make it sound to promising, which is what I figured. Just another crappy gimmick that doesn't work very well
    
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Waste of money
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It's another cool novelty controller that would be fun to play with like the Novint Falcon, but it can never replace the pixel-perfect mouse.
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Originally Posted by rabidgnome229 View Post
It's another cool novelty controller that would be fun to play with like the Novint Falcon, but it can never replace the pixel-perfect mouse.
Gotta wonder if the mouse will ever go 3D.
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Think about the other uses for this; mainly.. Military. And even with Civilian use, think about it.. instead of having to go through menus upon menus to change options in something, you could just think about it and it happens.
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Think about the other uses for this; mainly.. Military. And even with Civilian use, think about it.. instead of having to go through menus upon menus to change options in something, you could just think about it and it happens.
This doesn't work like that. It controls things through blinks, cringing, or other impulses. It doesn't read your mind.
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Gotta wonder if the mouse will ever go 3D.
There are 3D mice available for rendering/modeling and other such 3D tasks.
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There are 3D mice available for rendering/modeling and other such 3D tasks.
Good point, but i mean for mainstream use.
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You need mainstream 3D GUI's first. And I mean real 3D - not a series of 2D planes that are behind one another.
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