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The DLR SpaceMouse (1981–1993)
At the end of the seventies, the DLR institute for robotics and mechatronics started research on devices for the 6 DoF control of robot grippers in Cartesian space. In 1982-1985, the first prototype applications showed that DLR's control ball was not only excellently suited as a control device for robots, but also for the first 3D-graphics system that came onto the market at that time. Later, the spin-off company Space Control started to sell Magellan (European SPACE MOUSE) especially in the European market place. In 1993, DLR and Space Control jointly approached Logitech because of their expertise with pointing devices for computers to market and sell Magellan in USA and Asia.
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