Nov 24, 1999
Logitech's WingMan Force Feedback Mouse Now Shipping
FREMONT, Calif. Nov. 24, 1999 -- Next Generation Game Controller, Powered by Immersion Corporation Technology, Adds New Level of Realism to PC Gaming, Screen Navigation and Web Surfing
Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGIY; Switzerland: LOGZ), international market leader in human interface devices that define the way people link to information in business, at home and online, announced that it is now shipping the WingMan® Force Feedback Mouse. Based on technology licensed from Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR), the leading developer of tactile user interface technologies, the new mouse can be purchased from Logitech® retailers as well as on the Logitech web site (www.logitech.com) at an MSRP of $99.95.
"Although the vast majority of PC games sold today are designed for control by a mouse, or mouse-plus-keyboard combination, many game developers have not been able to take advantage of this technology because there were no suitable controllers," said Wolfgang Hausen, senior vice president and general manager of Logitech's Control Devices Division. "With the introduction of the WingMan Force Feedback Mouse, these developers are now able to customize their titles with exciting tactile effects."
In addition to gaming applications, developers can now provide tactile feedback as a user moves over an icon, button, menu or hyperlink. In a similar manner, force feedback can enhance the online experience. For example, web-based gamers playing force feedback-enabled games will be able to feel the impact of actions taken by an opponent sitting thousands of miles away, while Web developers can add touch sensations to their pages in Netscape® Navigator(TM) and Microsoft® Internet Explorer.
"The launch of the WingMan Force Feedback Mouse is a very exciting milestone," said Dr. Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Immersion Corporation. "From gaming to web surfing to general screen navigation, the mouse brings human-computer interaction to a new level, allowing users to feel their cursor as it interacts with screen elements."
Force feedback effects can be created and customized by means of a powerful, easy-to-use toolkit from Immersion Corporation that provides "write-once, run-on-any" force feedback device capability. The Immersion developer toolkit is available for download at www.immersion.com and is 100-percent compatible with the Microsoft (MSFT) DirectX software API, all DirectX compatible force feedback gaming controllers, in addition to the WingMan Force Feedback Mouse.
Included in the WingMan Force Feedback Mouse retail package are three full games: Heavy Gear II(TM) from Activision®, Railroad Tycoon II Gold Edition from PopTop Software, and Gruntz from Monolith Productions. In addition, the mouse supports all DirectX-compatible force feedback titles currently in the market.
The WingMan Force Feedback Mouse has three buttons and features a USB interface for easy plug-and-play connectivity. System requirements include Windows® 98, running on an IBM®-compatible PC with a Pentium® or later processor.
About Logitech: Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets human interface devices and supporting software that link people to the Internet and enable them to work, play, learn and communicate more effectively in the digital world. Logitech's interface products include Internet video cameras; input and pointing devices such as corded and cordless mice, optical trackballs and keyboards; multimedia speakers; and entertainment products such as joysticks, gamepads and racing systems.
With operational headquarters through its U.S. subsidiary in Fremont, California, and regional headquarters through local subsidiaries in Romanel, Switzerland, and Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded in Switzerland under the symbols LOGN and LOGZ, and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGIY). The company has manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
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