SoftStep KeyWorx Offers Foot-Operated ComputingBy Piejko, Pawel; Gizmag,
Publication Date: June 22, 2011
Article describes a foot operated computer interface. SoftStep KeyWorks is based on the SoftStep Foot Controller, which was initially designed for musicians and music studios. Addition of the KeyWorx software to the device made it fully computer adapted. It is Mac and PC compatible and offers 10 touch sensitive buttons and a navigation pad. It also has 100 macros available, allowing for customized commands and shortcuts. SoftStep features pressure and location sensitive keys and a blue backlight which makes it visible in darkened places, such as under desks. The interface can be used for tasks such as opening and closing applications, cursor control, text input, zooming, volume control, and scrolling through programs. SoftStep KeyWorks was mainly designed for users with physical impairments including repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, upper body paralysis, limited hand and arm strength or dexterity, or wrist pain. The article includes a brief video presentation of the device.
Published by: Gizmag Pty Ltd (Website:http://www.gizmag.com/)
Link to text: http://www.gizmag.com/softstep-keyworx-foot-computing/18995/
Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S34ti8gQxLk&feature=player_embedded