FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Logitech's CyberMan ® 2 Digital Game Controller Puts Players "Inside the Game"
Advanced Optical/Digital Technology Offers Unmatched Precision and Reliability in Multi-Axis (6-Degrees-of-Freedom) Environments
Santa Clara, Calif. - April 28, 1997 - Logitech, international market leader in control devices and imaging solutions for the personal computer, today announced CyberMan ® 2, an advanced digital game controller based on optical technology originally developed for a NASA space mission. The new game controller features six degrees of freedom (6DOF) -- X, Y and Z axes; pitch, yaw and roll-for realistic navigation through virtual worlds. With its advanced, easily programmable interface, CyberMan 2 offers players the experience of being "inside" the game, compared with the joystick metaphor of external control of self or machine. The product will be available in Q3 from Logitech dealers and distributors in the U.S. and Canada. Estimated U.S. street price is $99.
CyberMan 2 is a two-handed, eight-button digital 3D game controller that works with all Windows ® 95 (Direct Input) and Windows 95/DOS box games. It is packaged with Logitech Entertainment Software Version 2.2, which features a special motion filtering system. With one hand, players control a rubber "puck" that can be raised, lowered, turned, and twisted to achieve 6DOF movement. The other hand manages the programmable buttons.
The optical/digital interface of CyberMan 2 means no problems with drift, calibration or speed. A user-friendly control panel for buttons and axes offers flexibility to customize game playing. With its 6DOF capabilities, the product is VR (Virtual Reality)-ready as this new game category emerges, while offering players added realism in a broad variety of games currently on the market.
"We believe that CyberMan 2 brings a new dimension to game playing," said Stephan Ilberg, Logitech product manager. "It represents a combination of advanced control device technology, which Logitech continues to pioneer, as well as the 'cool' design and rugged feel that have made Logitech's game controllers top sellers in their market. With CyberMan 2, players will be able to move beyond the awkward combination of mouse and keyboard and concentrate on the game, not on the device."
Logitech also markets a popular high-end product based on similar space-program technology: the Magellan 3D Controller, designed for the CAD/CAM market. CyberMan 2 will bring this advanced technology to gamers seeking a new dimension in control and realism.
System requirements for CyberMan 2 include an IBM or compatible system with a 486 or higher processor, 15-pin game port, Windows 95, 8MB RAM and a CD-ROM drive.
Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets products that make the interface between people and computers more intuitive and natural. Retail and OEM product offerings include pointing devices such as mice and trackballs, sheetfed and handheld scanners, control devices for entertainment and professional use and digital video cameras. Logitech maintains operational headquarters in Fremont, California, and regional headquarters in Romanel, Switzerland, and Hsinchu,Taiwan, R.O.C. In addition, the company maintains offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia. Logitech International, the holding company for the Logitech Group, is traded publicly in Switzerland on the Zurich and in the United States on the Nasdaq (LOGIY).
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