The Spaceball Line

1983 - John Hilton set's out to develop a "3D force sensing joystick" for CAD while at the University of Sydney, Australia
1983 - Prototypes the first design (known as the external design) of the Spaceball.
1984 - Develops the "internal design".
1985 - Application for a patent in Australia for a 6D controller using 6 optical sensors in a ball-type design.
1986 - Spatial Systems Pty. Ltd formed to commercialize Hilton's inventions.
1987 - Evans & Sutherland places pre-production order for first commercial Spaceball, the model 1003
1988 - Mr. Hilton moves to Massachusetts and forms Spatial Systems, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spatial Systems Pty Ltd.
1988 - Spatial Systems, Inc. introduces the Spaceball 1003.
1988 - Spatial Systems enters into OEM arrangements for the 1003 with E&S, SGI, Intergraph and Stardent Comp.
1991 - Mr. Hilton, and key members of Spatial Systems Inc., form Spaceball Technologies, Inc.
1991 - Spaceball Technologies Inc. (STI) introduce the Spaceball model 2003
1993 - IBM signs world-wide OEM agreement with STI for manufacture of custom Spaceball model 2003.
1994 - HP signs world-wide OEM agreement with STI for manufacture of custom Spaceball model 2003.
1994 - STI introduce Spaceball SpaceController addressing PC CAD market needs
1995 - STI introduce, for market research purposes only, the Spaceball Avenger
1995 - STI develops new Spaceball PowerSensor technology and moves to custom IC (ASIC)
1995 - STI changes name to Spacetec IMC Corporation (SIMC) - "IMC" is an acronym for Interactive Motion Control.
1996 - SIMC introduces the Spaceball 3003 for high and mid-range CAD markets.
1996 - SIMC introduces the SpaceOrb 360 3D game controller for the PC games market
1997 - SIMC introduces new Spaceball PowerSensor FLX technology (Spaceball 2003 FLX and Spaceball 3003 FLX)
1997 - SIMC enters into world-wide OEM agreement with Compaq
1999 - SIMC merges with Labtec, Inc.
1999 - Labtec's 3D Motion Control Technology Group introduces the new Spaceball 4000 FLX
2001 - Labtec merges with Logitech
2001 - John Hilton leaves the company and founds Spatial Freedom in Australia.
2001 - 3DConnexion is launched as a wholly owned subsidiary of Logitech
2003 - 3DConnexion announces the Spaceball 5000
2005 - Spatial Freedom announces the Astroid 6000

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