Gaming with your FEET – Dank or Dumb?

Gaming with your FEET – Dank or Dumb?


I’m not gonna sit here and debate the merits of a keyboard mouse versus a controller for gaming today Because the PC setup is obviously superior for the majority of genres whether you need accurate pointing in an FPS or a ton of key real estate in a MOBA but that doesn’t mean that the keyboard and mouse is a Natural interface. There are a ton of movements here that take time and muscle memory to develop if you want to get good at them or at least there were what if I told you that you could offload some of those trickier moves to a Third appendage allowing you to do more things with little effort I’m talking of course about the beacon Get your mind out of the gutter man. It’s a Bluetooth controller design for your Foot I said get your mind out of the gutter. Come on But is this just what you need to gain an edge and kick ass or is it a waste of your hard-earned money? Well, it’s a Kickstarter so it could very well be both Let’s check it out After I tell you about today’s sponsor Mac Weldon Mac Weldon makes great underwear t-shirts socks wallets and more they believe in simple shopping and if you use code tech tips You’ll get 20% off at the link below They’re kind of Big cut now our early test unit still has some rough edges from their small-scale 3d printer But it’s got it where it counts the plastic construction is very solid despite being lightweight the strap appears to be Durable enough and it’s long enough to wrap around Even your steel toed boots with foam cushioning on the bottom to contribute to a comfortable feel Even after multiple hours of use which it’s USB rechargeable battery affords so so far so good The unit is detachable. Thanks to a satisfyingly strong magnet though other than charging there’s not really much reason to pick it up because aside from the on/off switch everything is communicated by differently colored LEDs and vibrating haptic feedback So then once you strap it on to your foot What exactly can you do with this thing? Well, theoretically Lots, you can use it for nearly anything that your keyboard can do using the included software to map key presses To one of four actions roll left roll right pitch up and pitch down Sorry aviation nerds. There is no Yah Now the device calibrates itself Every time it’s activated and all of the movements are relative to your starting position So you can even use it with your legs crossed like if you wanted to stretch a glute while you game But it’s more than just four extra keys each gesture can accommodate up to six keystrokes map sequentially across the gestures range of movement So the idea is that the farther you tilt the device the more Commands you can execute in this way You can create pseudo macros But without actually using any automation like if you have to press down forward punch to throw a Hadouken Then you can map that sequence so all you have to do is rock your foot to throw fireballs all day long as For the shooter and MOBA fans out there. The beacon can be useful for you too in FPS I found the most useful commands to offload are the ones that would otherwise make you have to hold a key down like crouching sprinting or push-to-talk with the beacon You can do these things without inhibiting the movement of your fingers in any way and you can even do otherwise impossible things like strafing right and reloading at the same time and with MOBAs a mouse or RTS games, it’s really nice to be able to easily deploy spells or seldom-used abilities without fumbling to reach for keys that you aren’t fairly familiar with notice that I said nice to be able to now there are Lots actually lots of gamers out there with physical disabilities for whom this could be a total lifesaver Since you can use it instead of a hand or PEC even wear it on your head But others might only get marginal utility from it, which means that the price needs to be right? So it’s gonna be retailing for a hundred and thirty-eight euros or about a hundred and sixty US dollars It’s a little bit out sheet and that’s with them trying to keep the price down Doesn’t even come with a micro USB cable in the box Compare that with other stomp based foot controllers that while may be bulkier and less versatile come in at under $100 Although it should be noted that the stinky foot board, which I’m referring to specifically Did go out of business despite being widely adored. So maybe that one should have cost more or less I don’t know and unlike some pedals You can’t expect the beacon to be able to simulate a gas pedal with varying amounts of force The input is either on or off just like a regular keyboard So should you invest in a beacon wearable controller Well while it is pretty darn decent at doing what it says It’s going to do offering you a tweak task amount of control over how the keys are pressed The reality is that most of us won’t need something like this that badly so the main people we’d recommend it for are those with physical impairments or gamers finding themselves in desperate need of a few more buttons But who aren’t concerned about complying with tournament play rules, which generally don’t allow macros Which this could kind of be considered to be? otherwise this kick starter might be a Supposed to be shaking my my foot a non-starter Fresh bollocks is the small business accounting software custom-built for how you want to work It’s a simple way to be more productive more organized and to get paid faster You can create and send professional-looking invoices in less than 30 seconds You can set up online payments with just a couple of clicks to get paid up to four days faster you can see when your client has seen your invoice to put an end to the guessing games and You can take all that functionality with you on the road with their fantastic apps for both Android and iOS for your unrestricted 30-day free trial just go to fresh book Stockholm slash tech tips and Enter Linus tech tips in the how did you hear about us section? 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100 Comments on "Gaming with your FEET – Dank or Dumb?"


  1. It's nice to see alternative types of controllers (it would be nicer to see them cheaper too :D)
    But what about controllers that lets/requires/ you to do some fitness ?
    It's a shame imho that in 2018 (the age of VR and also the age of 95% of kids growing behind a pc/laptop!) there aren't mainstream options for that.
    Like having to actually walk / run … or at least exercise some effort similar to walking or running.
    Just an idea out there – if you use 2 or even 4 (or why not even 5 incl. your head) sensors similar to the this BCON device would allow to capture not just any of your limbs motions, but actually allow to handle combinations of them – like archery for example.
    It would be very nice if you can lose few hundred calories while having fun and keeping your muscles somewhat fit (rather than having to do boring repetitions in a gym)

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  2. if i ever lost a few fingers on my left hand.. i could see myself using something like this.

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  3. dank or dumb is the title of Linus book biography … soo flight simulators, racing simulators/arcade … TONS OF GAMES USE FOOT PEDALS !!!! (all better than this device) … Moronic device that doesn't do anything worthwhile , how much did they pay for you to advertise this garbage ???

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  4. 6:26 Socks and sandals , socks and sandals , bitches can't handle my socks and sandals

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  5. There gamer out there that has no hands are arms and they play games with there feet you should look it up!

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  6. I play games with my feet and my right hand. Sad being disabled but ya got to do what you need to do…

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  7. Another device no longer available is the fragpedal (has 4 rubber stomp buttons), which I used for years for jump, crouch, prone and activate mic for ingame voice. It still works for the keys I programmed them, but the driver to program it does not work on Windows 10 so it's stuck at those keybindings now.

    I might consider the BCON once it's released to replace it.

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  8. "You can do things that you normally can't do, like strafe whilst reloading."

    Unless if you're using a Scuff or Xbox One Elite controller…

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  9. missing yaw is a red flag. does it have a gyro?
    having a gyro would allow a foot to aim with mouselook.

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  10. Great product but a little rough around edges for a first time 3d printer it could use a bit of sand to make the product look a bit more better.

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  11. did anybody watch Ready Player One the movie? this thing can be the beginning of creating a system like the movie lol…

    EDIT: Can''t wait for china to release this for 10 euro 😀

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  12. For god‘s sake, get yourself some proper shoes!!! Like: https://elten.com/en/product-groups/l10/

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  13. I mean it's cool until you're trying to do things in real life the same way and break your ankles. I'm just saying this because I've had times where I have played for 10 + hours went on a walk and was aiming down my sights out of reflex everytime I looked at somebody.

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  14. Or, use a cheap Logitech G27 racing pedal in free macro software…
    I would be more interested in their software mapping and using it on something more practical.

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  15. Could be useful for vr since you use controllers in your hands and are not necessarily near your keyboard

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  16. M8 you aren't using your middle finger property if you can't strafe right and reload. 4:09

    https://youtu.be/D6Sh7Qg2oo0

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  17. since when is reloading and strafing impossible? just hold ''D,, and then press ''R,, and it works(at least for me)

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  18. this would be perfect for worms armageddon tower or rope racing on huge maps, cos you can move the mouse to check around where you're going. in that scheme both of your hands need to be on the keyboard 99% of the time.
    even tried writing some autohotkey scripts to move the mouse certain direction but that wasn't very freeform cos you had to basically choose a button for each of the 4 directions.

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  19. ouch what a fucking pricetag.
    in the meantime here's something more worth your money from aliexpress:
    "WSFS Hot FS3-P USB Triple Foot Switch Pedal Control Keyboard Mouse Plastic"

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  20. I opened this video just because it was released in July 4 but then I realized that linus is living in Canada. ):

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  21. There is more to life than just gambling!
    This device could well be used to surf, for office automation, graphics, video editing, development and probably a lot of other things that involve several different applications. As a very specific example, I would like to be able to trigger with my foot the pause of the media player or even a 5 second break when I want to transcribe speech into text.

    In fact the concept needs to be further refined to get more from the sensor through (probably) increasing its fineness and improving the interface which makes it a little poor considering that only 4 directions are recovered on a much greater possibility of interaction. For example, we can imagine simulating one of the other mouse buttons (left, center, right + left foot + right foot).

    As a nascent concept, I will probably offer it to myself as an early adopter, to come up against its limits and then push Bcon to continue the research… Before industrial competition took over such a good idea.

    (Translated from french with www.DeepL.com/Translator)

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  22. Annoying how many of these reviews are for limited time products that you can no longer buy reliably.

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  23. As someone who is missing a few fingers this thing is a godsend. I can't reach certain keys anymore while gaming so now I use this bad boy and has fixes my problem.

    Its 2019 and this little thing is about $80 on Newegg now. Totally worth it for someone like me who has a physical issue using certain keys. Get this. Its works. It's amazing. I love it. Its easy to use.

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  24. You can strap this thing on everything pretty much. People with a disability or one hand could strap it on to their arm to send over key inputs for example. Think this has a allot of usage but specifically for people with a disability.

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  25. one questiong DONT U GET BANNED USING THIS PRODUCT IN THE GGAMES like wow league of legends counter strike ?…

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  26. If You Have a Disability You Might Better Relate To These Kind Of Products, Enough Said From Me

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