Friday, December 30, 2005

TrackIR - WOW!

This has to be the single most immersive hardware enhancement for MS FS - I am floored at the incredible performance of the TrackIRTM 4 Pro. I am kicking myself for not joining the bandwagon sooner - but I'm glad that I waited for the latest model.

The sensor itself has a very tiny footprint atop my 20" CRT monitor (LCD's just aren't the best for graphic design). The only problem I see long term is that I'm going to have "hat head" as the trackclip requires use of a baseball-type hat to attach to. I'm believe the exaggerated motion of the brim helps in translating small movements of the head into large movements in the TrackIRTM software, so that's a decent trade-off - I do like to keep eyes on the screen while flying.

I was also delighted to see that Naturalpoint is based in Corvallis, Oregon. I worked there long ago in the summer of 1998 in HP's Inkjet business group as an intern. Awesome place!!

It appears this post has inspired others to take the TrackIR plunge!!

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