Razer Hydra 3D controller available but no Mac version currently

    Jun 30 2011 | 3:34 pm
    The Razer Hydra 3D controller is now available (in North America at least)
    I think it has much potential as a musical controller because it's made for short distance and it is said to be very precise (1 millimeter / 1 degree). It uses a magnetic sensing system (capacitive ?). It could be a nice alternative to Kinect and Wiimote.
    However it's currently PC-only. Has anyone tried it yet ?

    • Jul 01 2011 | 1:30 pm
      I have been eyeing this myself. It has a much higher resolution and it's position Is absolute as opposed to relative. Which should make it's behavior much more consistent, much more instrument like.
    • Jul 06 2011 | 7:56 pm
      I just got mine today
      Cant seem to get the midi program to work (that the provide on steam with it)
      They also provide a SDK for the Hydra
      If anyone with programing skills could make an OSC bridge or HID bridge, that would be awsome
      I think using both the kinect and hydra could be used for all sorts of interesting things, such as instruments, digital drums, digital sculpting (jitter) and etc.
    • Jul 06 2011 | 7:58 pm
      P.s I have a kinect as well and the orientation and position tracking hydra provides knocks all other gesture controllers out of the park
    • Jul 22 2011 | 6:21 pm
      Take a look at this thread:
      Sixense is beta testing an OSC bridge.
    • Jul 22 2011 | 6:29 pm
      Yeb, Ive been playing with it
      a mac version will be available as well :)
    • Jul 22 2011 | 8:27 pm
      wow, I didn't even know that was out there. great to hear and verrry interesting......
      wonder if [hi] sees it? or [serial]?
      too bad about the wires, guess they want to keep it within the optimal 2-3 foot radius for sensing. Getting a bigger range for this would help a lot, I would definitely rather be un-tethered...
      still, the accuracy and number of variables you can control looks amazing.
    • Jul 22 2011 | 8:56 pm
      Hi doesnt see it - but like mrmormon pointed out - Sixense (the company that developed the hydra) is making an OpenSoundControl bridge
      So it will be real easy to use it with Max
    • Jul 22 2011 | 9:09 pm
      and btw - if I had neither and I had to choose between two gifts right now - Id rather get the hydra then a Fender stratocaster :)
    • Mar 31 2012 | 3:03 am
      Perhaps I can revive this thread. See http://electro-music.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=45612&start=63 for an OSC program of mine. It runs at 250 Hz, giving access over port 7022 to the entire physical state of the left and right controllers. I only compiled it for Windows, but Sixense recently made Mac and Linux SDKs available (also free)!
    • Mar 31 2012 | 6:48 pm
      I can't see this thread (*"You are not authorised to read this forum"). What is the thread about?
    • Apr 01 2012 | 5:00 am
      Sixense moved its forums to vBulletin, so either go to the electro-music link or http://sixense.com/forum/vbulletin/showthread.php?3669-Osc-1-0