Kinesis Savant Elite2 Foot Pedal
Kinesis Savant Elite2 Triple Foot Pedal
I got asked about foot pedal a lot.
What does it do?
- By default, the 3 pedals act as mouse clicks. Left pedal = left click, middle pedal = left click double click, right pedal = right click.
- Pedal can be programed to do any key action, key macro, or mouse clicks. (but not as modifier keys such as Shift or Control)
- Pedal's resistance is adjustable.
Pedal Does Not Work as Control or Alt or Any Modifier Key
First, know that you cannot use the pedal as a modifier key, such as Shift Ctrl Alt ❖ Window ⌘ command keys.
This is actually good, because holding down a key, or keep pressing the pedal, is tiring. More importantly, you don't get confused with gas pedal when driving a car. There is a story of a teen gamer who used a pedal for “push to talk”. One day, he's in his car with mom, and he pushed to talk.
Use as Single Key System-Wide Functions
I recommend to use foot pedal as single key function.
I list them roughly from most frequently used command first.
- 1 pedal = Copy Ctrl+c
- 1 pedal = Paste Ctrl+v
- 1 pedal = Select All Ctrl+a
- 2 pedals = Previous window Alt+Tab, Next window Alt+Shift+Tab
- 2 pedals = Previous/Next tab.
- 1 pedal = Toggle Fullscreen.
- 1 pedal = Hide/minimize current window.
Note: the shortcut keys may be different depending on your operating system.
Use in Emacs or Vim
In emacs, good use are:
Use with Vim, Spacemacs, Evil Mode, xah-fly-keys
For these, a very good use is to set a pedal to switch to command mode, or switch to insert mode.
[see Emacs: Xah Fly Keys]
Use as Leader Key in Key Sequence
I also recommend using it as a leader key in a key sequence. for example, in Emacs: Xah Fly Keys or evil-mode or spacemacs leader key.
Howard Abrams's Review
Howard Abrams is a well know emacs user and elisp coder.
[Reviewing Kinesis Foot Pedal and Emacs By Howard Abrams. At http://www.howardism.org/Technical/Emacs/kinesis-footpedal.html , accessed on 2016-05-05 ]
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