Technological advancement continues to spur a buoyant home entertainment industry, with this innovative approach no more prevalent than in the gaming sector.
And as the demand for new and exciting ways to enjoy gaming continues to rise, one company has introduced the rare opportunity to use your feet to control game play!
Headquartered in New York, a new startup called 3dRudder has created a wireless foot-powered controller that can be used for playing PC games, using mobile apps and will even be compatible with virtual reality headsets.
Wireless Foot Control
In January the award-winning company unveiled their unique new product at the CES 2017 event, a revered trade show for the itech industry held in annually in Las Vegas.
Based on the simple premise that using your feet is the most intuitive way to get around, 3dRudder lets you move the way you’re used to. Much like the foot controlled car system we reported here
The 3dRudder Wireless in an updated version of the ‘3dRudder Original’. The original design was powered by a USB cable connection and launched the company’s novel concept of foot navigated VR FOR computer-aided design (CAD) software design, B2B marketing and, of course, gaming.
Intuitively designed, the 3dRudder Wireless utilises pressure sensors and heel-toe movement to allow gamers to make front-back-left-right movements, rotations and to manoeuvre up and down.
Intended for the user to operate whilst seated, the circular 3dRudder disc is designed to make movement feel more natural and less disjointed, with the company describing the gaming experience as feeling as normal as ‘driving a car or walking down the street’.
Foot Controlled Operating Systems
The 3dRudder has strong origins in the design and architecture sector and was first designed by a technical architect who wanted a foot-powered 3D mouse that would allow him the flexibility to use his hands for design while navigating within a 3D environment.
Created with versatility in mind, the 3dRudder Wireless can operative across a broad range of operating and gaming systems, including Windows, Android mobile, Steam, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear and Google Daydream amongst others.
Retailing for around $200 US the upgraded Wireless device is fitted with a built-in rechargeable 5-volt battery with around 10 hours of power storage and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
3dRudder was founded in 2014, the brainchild of entrepreneurs Stanislas Chesnais and Valerio Bonora. Originally based in Marseilles, France the company now operates from offices in New York’s tech heartland.
To find out more about 3dRudder, click here to visit their website.
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