Make your own PC foot controller

Over at the Ten Points Random blog, the team have rebuilt and created an amazing foot controller for use with a desktop computer. It is the equivalent of 22 buttons and six-axis joystick - and can be configured as a keyboard or joystick. As it is powered by an Arduino board, the level of control and customisation is almost infinite.

This would be ideal from the obvious sporting and racing games right through to a custom method of text entry for differentl-abled individuals. To get started, check out the detailed project page here. To get started with your own foot controller, we have a range of Arduino boards, buttons and associated electronics. And for more news, updates and items of interest.please follow us on twitter, Facebook and Google+.

If working with electronics and various sensors is a new topic, you may find the book "Electronic Sensor Circuits and Projects" by Forrest Mims III of use. In this book you'll learn about important sensors like solar cells, photoresistors, thermistors, hall-effect devices, and magnet switches. Then use these sensors to build circuits and projects that respond to heat, pressure, light, touch, water, strain, lightning and magnets. You can even make a circuit that detects the presence of the cursor on your computer screen and the position of a compass needle.

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