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USB Foot Switch

USB Foot Switch

USB Foot Switch (Image courtesy Brando)
By Andrew Liszewski

For just $18 Brando will sell you a USB Foot Switch that comes with software allowing it to reproduce any keyboard shortcut when you tap your foot. Now off the top of my head I can’t really think of a keyboard shortcut I’d need to pass off to my foot, but since you can connect more than one switch to any given PC I assume there has to be the potential for something useful here. Internet? I pass the buck to you to figure out what it is.

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10 responses to “USB Foot Switch”

  1. chilepepper says:

    With enough of them, you could poorly and inefficiently replicate the foot keyboard of an organ.

  2. They are generally used as a start/stop [play/pause] button for typists transcribing recorded audio material…

  3. sarareid says:

    My husband has a knitting machine and a program called Designaknit. You should connect the machine to the PC with a very expensive serial cable which has a reed switch worked by a magnet to count the rows as the machine carriage moves back and forth. The program will also count a row every time spacebar (or up arrow)is pressed. I have tried to make a homemafe cable to do the same thing but I have not had much success, The problem seems to be that the program will not respond to Sendkeys in the way I think it should. Any ideas?

    cartouche

  4. vitorpepicon says:

    Windows + D when my boss get close 😉

  5. chadrockey says:

    I used to look at sheet music in Adobe PDF on my monitor rotated into portrait mode. This would be PERFECT for the “Page Down” key to switch the page when I got to the end of page. (Actual digital sheet music displays are very expensive.)

  6. StratMan9000 says:

    Play/pause in Adobe Audition when you're trying to learn a lick from a song.

  7. chadrockey says:

    I used to look at sheet music in Adobe PDF on my monitor rotated into portrait mode. This would be PERFECT for the “Page Down” key to switch the page when I got to the end of page. (Actual digital sheet music displays are very expensive.)

  8. StratMan9000 says:

    Play/pause in Adobe Audition when you're trying to learn a lick from a song.

  9. this is perfect for mic chating while playing games. press – open mic, release – close mic

  10. Anonymous says:

    Every garage band on the planet has their song charts with lyrics and chords downloaded from the internet and saved as Word files, then printed out and put in three-ring binders.  This USB footswitch is perfect for setting up a teleprompter arrangement with a laptop or a desktop PC and then having a VGA splitter feed to one or more LCD monitors.  You can attach an LCD monitor to a mic stand or a cymbal stand by using a piece of 1/2-inch plywood (6 inches X 6-inches X 1/2) as a mounting plate,  Attach 1/2″ pipe mounting rings that you get from HD or Lowes,  Be sure to use 1/2-inch machine screws and t-nuts.  The rings will go over the top part of a mic-stand or a tri-pod cymbal stand.  Attach the 1/2 plywood piece to the back of the LCD monitor using 3/4″ or 7/8″   4MM machine screws available in the specialty hardware section at Lowes.  Copy the pattern of the four screws attaching the original monitor base to the back of the monitor.  Change the Word document song charts to Landscape format, 24 point type and use the full screen view function under VIEW.  Use the USB footswitch to copy the PAGE-DOWN function.  Voila, you have a teleprompter for band song charts.  No more three-ring binders.  Let me know if you need help.  I’ll do what I can.  Bob       email:  [email protected]