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Thread: NuLOOQ Navigator and tooldial -- Yowza!

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    NuLOOQ Navigator and tooldial -- Yowza!

    The NuLOOQ Navigator ($150) is intended for use with Adobe software, but could be used with its popup UI as a front end for a carputer as well.

    The top is touch-sensitive for sliding and tapping, rather like the iPod's ring, and you can assign at least three of the five virtual buttons. The gray band around the side is a wheel you can twist and also nudge up or down, so the ring alone may be the equivalent of Griffin's PowerMate.

    It also has a round UI menu called a tooldial that you can customize with 8 commands, and control with the mouse or the Navigator. If you click and hold on one of the 8 slices you get another tooldial, for a maximum of 72 commands.

    It is similar in some ways to a PowerMate ($45), but has a touchpad rather than a single button, and has the popup 'pizza' menu. The menu software is available separately, but I don't know if it will work with the PowerMate.

    It is Mac-only for now, but they're working on PC support.

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    I like that a lot more then the Powermate.

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    this could be bad ***!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapwizard
    I like that a lot more then the Powermate.
    I bet, you not talking about the price

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    If someone can get his hands on this toy, could you please check whether it is a standard USB HID? If it is, then it should not be difficult to create a custom driver to use all of the input elements of the device, not just those that the original software allows you to map to keys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jirka Jirout
    If someone can get his hands on this toy, could you please check whether it is a standard USB HID? If it is, then it should not be difficult to create a custom driver to use all of the input elements of the device, not just those that the original software allows you to map to keys.
    That would be nice. Between the spin left/spin right, twist left/twist right, nudge up/nudge down, and 3 buttons you could do a lot... drag-spin for volume and other sound-related changes, spin and tap for using the UI, twist and nudge to navigate tracks/stations/discs. The only missing item is an arrow diamond for things like DVDs. But hey, if you're watching a DVD you can use a dedicated remote.

    How can we check to see if it is a standard USB HID?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MINI4cathy
    How can we check to see if it is a standard USB HID?
    There are several ways - I think that you can see "HID" as device type in the Apple System Profiler (if a device-specific driver is not installed), and you can definitely use HID Explorer ( http://developer.apple.com/samplecod..._Explorer.html ) to list all HIDs connected to the computer.

    Do you already have one? ;-)

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    Not yet. I like to see a few user comments or an initial software update before I buy something that's new in its category.

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    Why would they make this without support for both platforms? My office has two graphic designers who would probably love this thing for work, both use PC's.

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    can't believe anyone hasn't mentioned this..

    Now guys... can you picture us using it like an iDrive in the bmw's? .

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