McMillan Softstep adds pedal power to PC control

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22 June 2011 | 0

US company Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) has launched a novel PC peripheral the SoftStep KeyWorx multi-touch foot controller, the world’s first foot controlled digital interface, providing a new and faster way to operate a computer. More used to developing software and hardware for the audio/visual sector, KMI applied the idea of a ‘effects board’ to develop a controller with a wide range of applications, not least in the area of accessibility and assistive technology.

Pressure and location sensitive, SoftStep is USB powered with 10 customisable keys that remember up to 100 sets of commands for repetitive tasks such as accessing the Internet; opening and closing software apps; changing toolsets within applications; volume control; mouse clicks and OS functions. The cursor/click control allows the user to keep their hands comfortably on the keyboard at all times and the blue backlight makes it visible everywhere, even under a darkened desk.

The assistive SoftStep technology could also benefit sufferers of repetitive strain injury (RSI), carpal tunnel, those with limited dexterity, hand/arm strength, or chronic wrist pain.

SoftStep KeyWorx is available from online retailers, including Amazon.com.

 

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