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The Stinky Footboard Allows Gamers to Game with Their Feet

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

Time to think beyond the box and game with your feet.

PC gaming has mostly been a mouse and keyboard affair. Sometimes, if a game's a shoddy port, a controller might come into play. However, besides the few peripherals floating around targeted specifically for racing games, PC hardware has never looked towards gamers' feet as possible appendages for control.

“I tried a lot of different types of PC controllers, but always came back to the keyboard and mouse. Then I thought, why should we limit ourselves to two hands to control games?” says Luc Levasseur, Co-Founder and R&D Director, Stelulu Technologies.  “Luckily, I had access to prototyping machinery and a president open to crazy ideas.”    

Stelulu is hoping to integrate footwork into play with the Stinky Footboard. The board has four programmable buttons and supports in-game modifiers; meaning up to 16 actions can be saved. Profiles can be saved and automatically launched, depending on the program.

The Stinky Footboard is looking to Kickstarter to help along production. Stelulu promises to make the Stinky Footboard available by June for $119 USD.

The Stinky Footboard will be compatible with all versions of Windows from XP to 8.

To get an idea about just HOW durable the Stinky Footboard is, here's a video of it in action... in a stress test:

Stinky Footboard

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    Bananaman8910 , March 25, 2013 2:12 PM
    I don't know if I want to make fun of this or buy it. They definitely could have chosen a better name though. Then again, I won't forget the name, so maybe they got that right too... I'm so confused
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    shadowfamicom , March 25, 2013 12:13 PM
    Freakin stole my idea :p  Using a old metal dual foot petal from a late 70's Sony dictation machine, wiring the switches to it to a Cthulhu board and using that along with xpadder on a PC via USB...

    Honestly though I am excited someone is doing something like this in a more professional way... name is just awful though.
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    shadowfamicom , March 25, 2013 12:13 PM
    Freakin stole my idea :p  Using a old metal dual foot petal from a late 70's Sony dictation machine, wiring the switches to it to a Cthulhu board and using that along with xpadder on a PC via USB...

    Honestly though I am excited someone is doing something like this in a more professional way... name is just awful though.
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    vmem , March 25, 2013 12:14 PM
    um, no thanks unless you have a foot fetish or something...
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    rgd1101 , March 25, 2013 12:14 PM
    at least they got the name right.
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    aoneone , March 25, 2013 12:21 PM
    Toe jam and Earl! Yayyy ^_^
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    vmem , March 25, 2013 12:56 PM
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    you might be ever so slightly more convincing if that paragraph was coherent. but no... you weren't...
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    Fierce Guppy , March 25, 2013 2:08 PM
    In BF3 I get all panicky when under fire and fumble the keyboard when I need to switch weapons. I'm thinking that this device might be a good way to do the job in an instant, especially between knife and main weapon.
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    Bananaman8910 , March 25, 2013 2:12 PM
    I don't know if I want to make fun of this or buy it. They definitely could have chosen a better name though. Then again, I won't forget the name, so maybe they got that right too... I'm so confused
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    WithoutWeakness , March 25, 2013 2:23 PM
    I've been using a cheap $10 USB footpedal to control push-to-talk on my computer and I love it. I hated taking a finger off my keyboard to hold down the push-to-talk key while playing and I didn't want to have the mic always on because I don't want everyone hearing everything that goes on in my house. $10 on eBay and a week later I had my cheapo USB footpedal in my hands. Re-mapped the button to my PTT key and it worked like a charm. I wound up buying another 2 and use them for various hotkeys in nearly every game I play.

    This is going to be an awesome peripheral for the people who adopt it. Once you game using a footpedal to do some actions it's hard to imagine how you played without it. The extra buttons give you so much more control over how many keys you can hit in succession. The only thing I see about this that I don't like is the $120 price tag. You can get a trio of cheap Scythe pedals mounted to a backplane for less than $50. $120 will buy a quality mechanical keyboard. This only has 4 keys. This will have to be a polished product on both the hardware and software sides in order to get people to buy one.
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    jhansonxi , March 25, 2013 3:22 PM
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    Sometimes, if a game's a shoddy port, a controller might come into play.
    I prefer joystick (movement) with mouse (aiming).

    The Footboard would be useful to those with arm limitations such as paraplegics and carpal tunnel/RSI sufferers.
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    unksol , March 25, 2013 8:17 PM
    So people who need buttons for push to talk and weapons... Can't use existing great controllers that have the buttons at your finger tips? that's... Pretty ridiculous....

    Rudder pedals have been around for a long long time. Nothing creative or new about four "buttons" you push with your feet. Ridiculous for that price.
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    4745454b , March 26, 2013 1:11 AM
    Yup. Good idea. Bad price. Bring it down to the $20-$30 rand and you might have something.
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    f-14 , March 26, 2013 7:09 AM
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    the few peripherals floating around targeted specifically for racing games, PC hardware has never looked towards gamers' feet as possible appendages for control.


    get off your mac then, i can see some one has never played a flight sim on the PC despite the hundred or so titles

    i think i'll stick with my thrustmaster pedals.
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    basketcase87 , March 26, 2013 11:44 AM
    The hardware looks nice, but for $120 the software better be smooth as butter as well. As others have said, the footpedals currently on the market are much cheaper. Personally I've never felt the need for a footpedal, although I could see one being nice for voice chat (I bind it to my mouse currently).
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    jackbling , March 26, 2013 2:29 PM
    Buy a usb-2 infinity transcription pedal, download the free software from express scribe, then enjoy three buttons, with control and shift modifiers, for $50.00.

    And its not named stinky.

    These transcription pedals are abused, get wet, cat particulate, and work for years.