The Savant Elite2 family of programmable USB devices is available in configurations supporting up to four switches. These switches can be used to reduce the strain on the fingers by offloading repetitive actions such as mouse clicks or keyboard shortcuts to alternate means (either one or both feet, non-dominant hands, etc.). Programmed to function as modifier keys (such as Shift, Ctrl, or Alt) the switches can also help to maximize productivity by allowing the individual to continue typing without interruption and to access the modifiers near-simultaneously with the feet.
The Savant Elite2 Control Module from Kinesis Corporation is a programmable interface that can accept input from foot pedals, assistive switches, or hand triggers. It is ideal for situations where there may be a need to have multiple switches spread over an area or where there is a desire for the smallest possible pedal footprint beneath a workstation. The 9.6 foot long USB cable also permits the control module to be positioned at a distance from the computer.
Two models of the Savant Elite2 Control Module are available. One features 2 input jacks for attaching the external switches and is pre-programmed to perform left and right mouse clicks. The second model is equipped to accept up to 4 switches and/or pedals and is pre-programmed to perform the left and right clicks as well as Backspace and a "Thank you," macro. Of course, these can easily be reprogrammed to any specific actions.
The Savant Elite2 Control Module also has driverless programming for a wide range of operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, Android, Linux, or Chrome. Modules come preloaded with Windows and MAC versions of the SmartSet App, a visual programming interface to facilitate quick and simple programming in either of these environments. A simple text editor can be used to program for other alternative operating systems.
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Reduces Strain on Fingers - The highly repetitive action associated with mouse clicking can greatly increase finger fatigue and the risk of developing joint pain, especially for those who use non-ergonomic mice. A foot pedal or other switch accessory can address these concerns by moving the required effort to the feet or other activation points.
Reduces the Potential for Trigger Finger - | "Hovering" a finger over a mouse button in anticipation of the next click can lead to the development of a condition known as "Trigger Finger." By transferring the left click—the most common mouse action—to a footswitch, the risk of developing this problem can be significantly reduced. Transferring the left click to the footswitch also allows the entire hand to relax more completely, which may in turn lead to improved cursor control. Learn More About Trigger Finger.
Reduces Awkward Reaching - Hands and fingers can be overstressed by constantly performing awkward combination keystrokes or by straining to reach a key on the outer edges of the keyboard. By programming an alternate switch to perform the same functions with a single press of a pedal or other switch, individuals can give their fingers and hands a rest while at the same time potentially increasing productivity.
Comfortable Switch Positioning - The Savant Elite2 Control Module permits alternative switch(es) to be positioned far away from the control module for optimal positioning for ease of access.
Pre-Programmed Default Actions: The Savant Elite2 Control Module comes pre-programmed to activate right and left mouse clicks as well as additional functions on the 4-jack model. For many users the pain associated with mousing is from the action of clicking, not from moving the mouse. The Savant Elite2 resolves this problem by relocating the clicking action to an alternative input device.
Driverless Programming: The Savant Elite2 Control Modules can now be programmed using the convenient SmartSet App visual interface that comes preinstalled. This App offers an intuitive interface for quick programming of all functions available on a given device. Since the SmartSet App loads directly from the device there is no need to install a driver or programming software. Both Windows (7, 8 & 10) and MAC (OS 10.5 and newer) versions of the software are preloaded.
Note:People with earlier versions of the Windows or MAC operating systems, or of alternative OS such as Android or Chrome are still able to fully program the footswitches by editing a simple text file. An Explorer window displaying the Foot Pedal as a flash drive (identified as: Kinesis FP) is automatically loaded to the computer when the unit is put into programming mode. The pedals.txt file stored here can be edited to perform the desired keyboard or mouse action, and then saved to the unit. In addition, multiple files can be created for specific uses, and programming files created on any system can be saved to the foot pedal flash drive. Download the Savant Elite2 Manual for detailed instructions on how to program by this method.
Double-Click Option: All Savant Elite2 products now support the programming of a "Double Click" option.
Programmable Keys or Mouse Actions: The Savant Elite2 line of devices can be custom programmed to perform virtually any combination of mouse or keyboard actions, including even complex multi-key macros.
Note: It is not possible to program a drag lock toggle with the module (i.e. the footswitch must be held down in the same way one holds down the left mouse button to highlight and perform drag and drop operations).
Macro Programming: Macros are a great productivity tool for generating commonly used phrases, or combinations of key actions and modifiers. With a memory capacity of 1200 characters the Savant Elite2 will support the most complex macros.
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Savant Elite2 Control Module
Savant Elite2 Control Module - Pre-programmed Commands
Compatibility: Windows 7-10, Mac OS X 10.4+, Android, or Chrome (See "Driverless Programming" under Features for more details)
* Macintosh OS X notes: OS X doesn’t support middle mouse button without using a third party driver such as that found at www.usboverdrive.com. Also, modifier actions from one USB device cannot modify the input of a second USB device due to limitations designed into the Apple operating system (ie Shift, Control, Command, or Option keystrokes programmed into the foot pedal cannot modify the input of a separate USB keyboard or mouse. However, a key sequence like ‘Cmd-W’ or ‘Cmd-Shift-left arrow’ will work on a Macintosh if the entire sequence of keystrokes has been programmed into the module).