On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 7:02 AM, Peter Hutterer
On Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 04:46:39PM +0100, Bastien Nocera wrote:
> On Fri, 2017-11-10 at 21:47 +0100, Bastien Nocera wrote:
> > On 10 Nov 2017, at 11:16, Benjamin Tissoires <benjamin.tissoires@gmai
> > l.com> wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > The Dell Canvas 27 has a new tool called the Totem.
> > > This tool is aimed at popping up a menu right around it and the
> > > user
> > > can select the desired menu by turning the tool and pushing it (it
> > > has
> > > an embedded button).
> > Apart from the coordinates telling you where it is on screen, what’s
> > the difference with the USB and later BLE versions of the PowerMate:
> > https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffin_PowerMate
> > https://griffintechnology.com/us/powermate-bluetooth
> I also found another stand-alone tool that works similarly, the
> Logitech Craft keyboard:
closer to the griffin powermate, imo
Yes, all of these devices are roughly the same, and the big difference
lies in the coordinates on the touchscreen.
IMO, we should prepare the plumbing for those "dials" to be capable of
handling direct/indirect, but we might not want to switch the existing
indirect ones right now as users might lose functionality if they are
not using wayland.
As for the Dell one, it is currently ignored by the kernel, so we can
simply do the right thing right now and not care about the existing
> (About 200 units of currency)
> As well as 2 devices from 3D Connexion:
I have an old version of the second one floating around. These are 3D mice
and not the same as the totem. They're designed for full 3d navigation in
e.g. blender and provide the axes accordingly (they're basically a
joystick). The usage patterns are quite different, I don't think we should
throw those into the same category with the totem.
As Peter said, these are entire different tools with different
purpose. These are 3D mouse that report RX/RY/RZ and DX/DY/DZ. They
are already handled properly (let's hope) by blender or the tools they
are supposed to work with, and we probably do not want to break those.
The main difference between the Dell Totem (or the Surface Dial) is in
the purpose: it is aimed at showing a menu (related to the app or not)
and navigating through it.