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Stinky Footboard lets players control games with their feet

Throw your grenades with your toes

Quebec-based company Stelulu is aiming to change the way people play PC games with a controller that utilises players' feet.

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The 'Stinky Footboard' features four programmable buttons which players can assign commands to. The peripheral's official website describes the functionality as an "efficient way to deal with those useful secondary actions that usually require finger gymnastics to trigger."

The device can supposedly be used to do everything from strafe, to change guns and throw grenades. For RTS gamers, it purportedly increases actions per minute and "shaves precious seconds off for eSports players".

"It lets gamers assign commands to each of the board's four buttons to suit their playstyle. The board also supports in-game modifiers, (control, alt and shift), to perform up to 16 actions, and automatically detects and loads saved profiles for the program that is active."

"And it's not simply about adding more buttons. It's about changing the way you play - giving that crucial second needed to crush anyone furiously clicking on mouse alone."

The Sinky Footboard is built from steel, aluminum and heavy duty plastics, and can supposedly withstand the "kind of abuse excited, (or angry), gamers might dish out". It is designed so the foot rests naturally on the device to minimise fatigue, Stelulu says.

To prove just how sturdy the device is, its creators drove a car over it.

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"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 at Stelulu Technologies.

"Luckily, I had access to prototyping machinery and a president open to crazy ideas."

"This really is a very natural evolution of the game controller," added Stephane Rivard, co-founder and president, Stelulu Technologies. "During the R&D process testers refused to return the early prototypes because they said they couldn't go back to gaming the old way."

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