About this project
INTERNATIONAL BACKERS UPDATE
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Maximum PC - "Stinky Footboard Controller for PCs is Potentially Brilliant"
EVOLVE - "The 10 Best Gaming Accessories of PAX 2013 - This all-PC controller is a pure stroke of genius"
CNET - "Then you use it, and you recognize its benefits almost immediately.."
GIZMODO - "The Stinky Footboard PC Controller Let's you stomp the competition"
IGN - "The build also feels fantastic. While many PC accessories feel cheap and are built out of plastic, the Footboard feels solid and is constructed from metal and dense plastic."
PC Mag - "I can certainly see it having its place, and many gamers finding their overall experience improved with the addition of the Stinky Footboard."
Laptop Mag - "Once we got our gaming legs, the Footboard became a natural extension of our body."
The Stinky Footboard is the revolutionary next step in auxiliary gaming devices and the perfect companion to your mouse and keyboard. Put your foot down and experience a new way to stomp out your competition! Our innovative technology allows for lightning-quick action with precise control all the while keeping your foot resting on the footboard in a relaxed, natural position. This means more functionality; improved gameplay, enhanced performance; and increased actions per minute (APM), all while keeping control and your fingers on the action.
The Stinky Footboard features four programmable buttons, adjustable tension boxes (TBOX) and a unique "cross" shape that allows for unparalleled customization. Forwards, backwards, one foot or two, this bad boy demands to be used every which way, and it's not simply about adding more buttons to click. It's about evolving the way you play – giving you that crucial split second advantage against players still using just a mouse and keyboard. It's simply a better gaming experience.
We’re gamers and we’re passionate about it. We use the best keyboards and the best mice, but we wanted more! We wanted more focus, better execution, we wanted more APM's, and more control over the action without sacrificing gameplay! Whether you’re in the heat of battle where every millisecond counts or just playing for fun with friends we realized ten fingers just didn't cut it anymore.
The best keyboards and mice, no matter how precise or quick the movements, only allow you to use your fingers. That’s the real limitation! Games now require you to memorize and use 20 to 30 keys plus the mouse! Even proficient players cannot do more than 3 to 4 simultaneous actions without sacrificing control of their characters or the action.
So that got us thinking on how to integrate more buttons using your feet.
The Stinky Footboard is built to withstand punishment; it boasts a T6 aluminum top plate, thick rugged plastics, an Internal steel U-channel for rigidity and durable Cherry MX switches for precise execution.
Unique proprietary features in game controller technology provide the latest evolution in gameplay.
- TBOX - Four user-adjustable tension boxes allow the gamer to adjust the stiffness and responsiveness of the Stinky footboard. No matter foot size or strength, the footboard can be customized for easy, effortless use. The Tension Box can also accommodate different spring tensions which are included.
- R2N – Return to Neutral technology allows the gamer to rest their foot while giving access to each of the board's four buttons so that they can be easily triggered. Once engaged, the board snaps back to a neutral position on its own, giving you quick execution between actions with no foot strain.
- C-POINT – The Centre Point design allows for multi-button activation without having to lift or hover your foot over the buttons. Just tilt your foot forward or back, or roll it from side-to-side to activate each of the footboard's four customizable buttons. C-Point provides a neutral, natural position to rest your foot.
What is it compatible with?
It’s compatible with any game that supports keyboard inputs. The hardware is USB HID (USB Human Interface Device) compatible, so no proprietary drivers required. Currently our configuration software supports the Windows Platform. Just plug in the USB Cable to the computer, fire up our configuration software and map your keyboard inputs to the Stinky Footboard.
Specifications and Requirements
- Description: 4 Button Gaming Footboard (up to 16 with game supported modifiers).
- Buttons: 4 Cherry MX Switches.
- Interface: 7 foot USB A Male to USB B Mini (included).
- Device: USB (HID - Human Interface Device), PC.
- On board memory for storage of active profile
- Construction: Heavy duty plastics, steel U-Chanel backbone and a T6 Aluminum top plate for performance and durability.
- TBOX: 4 Micro-ajustable Torsion Boxes for a personalized performance
- Springs: 6 spare replaceable springs; soft, medium and hard to easily customize the performance and feel of the footboard.
- Software: Operates on Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP (all versions).
- An Internet connection is required for software download.
Why we need your help?
We’ve been developing the Stinky Footboard for over two years and we're now ready to move to production. We’ve built the molds, the tooling is complete and the electronic components are ready for production. We need your help to fund the production of the Stinky Footboard.
What people are saying:
"The Stinky Footboard absolutely knocked me off my feet. Kudos to the Stinky Team, you guys easily deserve the best tech at PAX!" - Josh Knowles @ Gaming Irresponsibly
“Don't be fooled by the name, this is an innovative product! I am quickly realizing not only will I not want to play without it, soon I wont be able to play without it.” @ Sacriel
"...this thing is badass" @ Black Widow Company
"The pedal is an amazing creation and innovation by Stelulu and is something any serious PC gamer should look at. We here at Dunham Gaming give the Stinky Footboard a 9.5/10" - Chris Dunham @ DunhamGaming
“I personally tested the Stinkyboard at Pax East and I fell in love. The pedal construction is rock solid! How come no one’s come out with a product like this before?” - Jason Gottlieb @ Curse
"... it quickly becomes an extension of yourself. If properly configured it can take you to a new level of emersion in your game play." - Ryan Kenward @ VAGARY.TV
“When you need it there and its very convenient, it’s very right away and immediate. I’m just more effective at gaming because once you get used to it you don’t want to give it up, EVER!" - Jay Murray @ Gameloft - WOW, BF3, GW2, DIABLO 3, SC2
“That's it! I'm addicted [to the Stinky Footboard]!” - Julie Tremblay @ Ubisoft – GW2
"We work in the eSports space, and I recognize the potential for Stinky to be truly unlimited. This can truly elevate your game." -Eyal Toledano @ International Gaming League
“Breath of fresh air! I wasn't using my feet before and now I am, why didn't someone think of this sooner?” - Carlo Scappaticci –WOW, SC2, SW:TOR
“It's all about speed!!! The Stinky Footboard gives me that edge against other players” - Mario Coculuzzi @ Microsoft - World of Warcraft
Q. Why use the Stinky Footboard? A. Simple…it improves your gameplay, your execution, it allows you to perform complex actions without sacrificing gameplay. It can even increase your APM. It's the perfect companion to your mouse and keyboard.
Q. Does it work on consoles such as XBOX or PS3? A. Not this time. We’re planning to make a compatible model in the near future.
Q. Is it a cheat? A. Even though using the Stinky Footboard is an advantage, it’s not considered a cheat. It’s actually just another input device that requires physical skill, just like a keyboard or mouse.
Q. Does the Stinky Footboard work with MAC? A. At the moment our configuration software only works on PC. Although the Stinky Footboard is MAC compatible via USB HID, we hope to have our MAC compatible configuration software available in late 2013.
Q. What games are compatible with the Stinky Footboard? A. All games that support keyboard inputs.
Q. Does the Stinky Footboard support Macros? A. At the moment we support single key inputs (just to keep it from being conceived as a cheat). If gamers demand it we’ll add it. Note that in game macros will work with the Footboard.
Q. How close are you to producing the Stinky Footboard? A. We’re there! All the molds are built and the tooling is done. We just need your help to fund the production.
Q. How strong is the Stinky Footboard? A. Check this video out:
Risks and challenges
We've overcome all the technical challenges that come with working with metals, plastics and electronics. We've successfully run a small test production with a few hundred units.
Our main risk is getting the supply of CPU in a timely fashion. We're going to keep a close eye on the campaign in order to ensure a timely delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We have numerous Stinky Footboards out in the field with all type of gamers, they've been walked on, stomped on, jumped on, dropped from desks and none have stopped working. We even ran over one with an SUV 6 times which we demonstrated at PAX EAST and it’s fully functioning. The only way to identify it from the others is by the stickers we placed on the top plate and a few scuffs underneath! We’re very confident that this thing will last a long time. We’re using a central stainless bearing, T6 hardened aluminum top plate, an internal steel U-channel, Cherry MX blue switches (good for 50 million actions) and everything is bolted together…no glue anywhere! Surprisingly it doesn't get really grimy…but you can clean it with soap and a damp cloth without worry. The electronics are located on the bottom plate and protected by the overlapping top plate.
We’re going to offer a 1 year Limited warranty on the board.
We have people using it with Photoshop, AutoCad, Visual Studio, Video Editing, with MIDI Mixers, as a pedal Guitar effects, we even have a DJ using it for effects during live performances. It would also be perfect with OculusRift! Since it’s a USB-HID device, the applications are wide and varied. The software currently supports dual key combinations such as "CTLR + C", "SHIFT + Z", etc...
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