February 23, 2006

New Device from Logitech

Today, Logitech announced a new device called the NuLOOQ (pronounced "new look") Navigator, along with a software component called the NuLOOQ Tooldial.



If you've ever been bothered by the annoying need to pan and zoom and move your mouse all over the screen to select tools and functions from menus, this is the answer you've been waiting for. I've been lucky enough to have beta tested this device and have one sitting on my desk at the moment. It's a fabulous device, meant to be used as a non-dominant hand device. That means you still use your mouse or pen, but your other hand controls this device.

You can find a small video testimonial from me here, and you can also find some presets that I've created for the Tooldial here.

The device is optimized to work with Illustrator CS2, Photoshop CS2 and InDesign CS2 (it won't work with older versions) and it allows you to focus more on the work that you're doing. I found that after a few minutes of using it, I wasn't consciously zooming or scrolling anymore -- that all seemed to happen by itself.

7 comments:

Newmango said...

Interesting. I wonder how it compares with zooming and scrolling with the Mighty Mouse, where your lesser hand is still using the modifier keys, and the mouse hand uses the little scroll wheel to zoom and pan.

Mordy Golding said...

There's no comparison Gary. It's a completely different experience. And there are programmable keys on the top of the device, so you can program them to be your modifiers. For most creative tasks, I find that I can pull my hand off the keyboard completely now.

As for a difference in usability, when you pan and zoom now with the keyboard, you still need your mouse to control that. Now, you can leave your mouse cursor where it is and still pan and zoom.

Of course, you can also use the wheel and buttons to control other functions, like brush sizes, opacity settings, etc...

Teri Pettit said...

Mordy, your link to the logitech site is relative, so it's trying to find it in the blogger name space. You need to put in the http prefix.

It looks like a very intriguing device.

I'm wondering if the next generation of laptops will start having two touchpads for this kind of two-handed operation.

Mordy Golding said...

Thanks Teri -- I fixed the link.

Yes, it certainly does open up a whole new way to think about interface in general.

Joe LeMonnier said...

What moron came up with that name? Over at Logitech, they've practically never heard of it until I said "that Adobe thing".- a much better name, don't you think?

That said, I've a question to ask: Can you use both hands (the mouse and NULOOQ ) at the same time? I've been doing that with the wacom mouse for years- It s great but limited. I'm gl;ad someone seems to have taken the concept farther.

Mordy Golding said...

Yes Joe, you can use both the mouse and the logitech device at the same time. Pretty cool. And I totally agree about the name. They must have been smoking something GOOD the day they thought that name up...

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