Foot-On with the Stelulu Stinky Footboard
Unless some amazing GPU or virtual reality headset debuts tomorrow, the Stinky Footboard is officially my favorite new tech at PAX East.
The Stinky Footboard is a USB controller designed to compliment — not replace — your current mouse and keyboard setup. The Stinky has four switches (front, back, left, and right) which are assigned via the driver software to whatever keyboard action you want to clone, so the “front” switch can duplicate Q, Left Alt, or any other key you wish to assign.
I tested out the device with Battlefield 3, and my Stinky had Sprint (front), Crouch (back), Prone (right), and Weapon One (left) mapped out. I kept my foot on the gas pedal for much of the time with my big toe planted firmly on the front button. Running around on Operation Metro where small cover is plentiful was a bit of a workout; front and back, sprint and crouch, and so on.
The Stinky I was paired with had light springs installed all the way around, which was a bit too sensitive for my taste. Thankfully, each board ships with ten springs: 4 light, 4 medium, and 2 heavy. CEO Stephane Rivard told me the go-to setup is usually two light and two medium, but any spring can be swapped out with the help of any flathead screwdriver. Each spring then interacts with a Cherry MX switch (the same that are found on most mechanical keyboards). In the above image, red springs are heavy, green are medium, and white are light. The latter will be available in blue as well.
As far as construction goes, it’s a combo of plastic, steel and aluminum, and the unit seems sturdy enough even for my size 13 feet. Unless you’re roundhouse kicking the Stinky around the house, it’s going to take a substantial amount of abuse.
Stelulu has 300 Stinky Footboards ready to go, but they’re launching a Kickstarter next week ($75,000 is the goal) to fund additional production. Price isn’t set yet (although Kickstarter will take care of that), and units will go on sale as soon as the crowdfunding round is over next month.