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3Dconnexion Patent Expiration

A picture of a SpaceMouse 6 degree of freedom knob

One of the original patents for 3Dconnextion’s SpaceMouse series of products has expired. This one covers one way to create their optoelectronic mechanism to create a brilliant 6DOF (Degrees Of Freedom) knob.

Here’s a copy on Google Patents

It’s remarkably simple. Maybe after I finish my MPCNC I can try milling some circuit boards? That would be a fun project. I’ve really wanted a SpaceMouse after I tried using one at the makerspace before the pandemic. The cost is just way too high for makers and students though (150 USD!), who are generally very price-sensitive.