We were recently lucky enough to be handed a Stinkyboard to test and review and being an avid gamer I jumped at the chance. “What is a Stinkyboard?” I hear you ask, it’s an input device, a joystick, an enabler if you will. Stinkyboard in short is an input device that is primarily designed as a pedal joystick to be used with your feet to control your personal computer. This can be for games, or general day to day tasks like copy and paste etc. I met with the local NZ agent for Stinkyboards John Bennoch where we shared a long history in gaming over coffee with very similar backgrounds and interests we had plenty to talk about. John explained how he found himself wanting to free up his hands more while gaming and started looking on the market for a solution, hence he found the Stinkyboard. After importing and testing them out for himself he decided to start importing them.
So when would you use one? Well the obvious answer is gaming. I tried several games in particular I spent a few hours playing Battlefield 4, but let’s not limit ourselves. One can only imagine the uses within MMOs like World of Warcraft or similar MMOs where multiple buttons and macros are king.
Thinking outside the box, there’s nothing to stop you from using the Stinkyboard as an everyday input device. If you’re constantly control-c and control-v for copy and paste or switching screens or any number of combinations that could be automated to a button press.
I also started thinking about the not so obvious use for disabled people where use of their hands or similar had been reduced and customisable foot control would make a huge difference in their world.
The kit itself is very well made. It comes with multiple different springs to install to select button strength and is easily connected via USB cable to your pc. The tread plate is metal so no stress of breaking it with too heavy a foot mashing. It has four axis (or pedal points) of which you can customise to any key OR key combination. Moreover you can modify how that key is depressed, for example you can choose the following button modes, Normal, Key down (holds it down), or Pulse (particularly handy for button mashing session). All of these settings are managed by the Windows configurator software in which you can create profiles for games and fast switch between them and or auto switch. Overall it’s very customisable.
Like anything new or different especially for gamers it will take time to learn and for it to become second nature. I can however inform you that just from one round of Battlefield and with the simplest of uses like push forward for sprint and down for crouch or prone it made the game feel a lot more realistic and added to the atmosphere. I had rudders etc setup for helicopters making for an amazing flying experience. I can only imagine how good this would be for flight simulators etc.
If you have a need for a new input method or you’re simply interested in adding something new to your gaming experience or perhaps gaining that competitive edge then I absolutely recommend heading over to http://stinkyboard.co.nz and grabbing one for yourself.
Don’t forget to check out some of their great videos http://stinkyboard.co.nz/videos/