The Logitech CyberMan is touted as a 3D controller that is ideally suited to the current rage in first-person perspective 3D environment games, the most famous of which is Id Software's Doom. It is built to circumvent the limitations of the mouse, giving six degrees of freedom that is supposed to make movement natural and intuitive. Along with the ability to move the controller in the X, Y, and Z axes, the CyberMan also allows actions using pitch, yaw and roll manoeuvres. It also boasts tactile feedback, in the form of vibrations made by a small motor powered by two AA batteries or plugged into an AC adapter.
The CyberMan is also able to coexist with a regular mouse attached to your system, i.e., with the regular mouse attached to the first serial port and the CyberMan attached to the second. However, one would have to use the CyberMan mouse driver and include the command MOUSE DUAL in the autoexec.bat file. The regular mouse driver must be disabled.
Another reviewer said
It seemed like such a good idea; take a mouse, and stick it on top of a joystick. It wasn't. It would slide and tilt along all three axes, as well as push down and pull up, which should have been great for first-person games like Quake and Doom. The problem was, the implementation of the idea sucked. It would drag horribly if you tried to slide it while tilting it, and in order to tilt it forward, you had to wrap your thumb and pinky finger down around the sides, because any downward pressure on the front would cause unwanted pressing of the buttons. (Oh - it also gave "feedback" by vibrating like the Ultra-PleasureVibe 2000 whenever something hit your character in a game.) Happily, most Logitech products since then have been excellent, including the "MouseMan Sensa" and the "SurfMan" wireless trackball.
Our Cyberman was supplied on 07/06/1997 with a model number of E-AA1 871006-00 and a serial number of 439300142 and is complete with software, manual and original box
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