Savant Elite USB
Programmable Foot Switch Family
Savant™ Elite™ Programmable Foot Switch Family
Kinesis® USB input devices for use on any system capable of providing generic HID drivers
for keyboard & mouse
Models covered:
FS10J: Control module with two input jacks, bundled with one pedal
FS20A: Dual angled pedals mounted on steel base
FS20AJ: Dual angled pedals mounted on steel base with one jack for optional input device
FS30A: Triple angled & adjustable pedals, mounted on steel base
FS30AJ: Triple angled & adjustable pedals, mounted on steel base. Jack for optional input
FSMJ2: Control module only, with two input jacks
FSMJ4: Control module only, with four input jacks
Optional input accessories*
FS007mp: single foot pedal with mini-phono plug
FSW007mp-IPX8**: single waterproof foot pedal with mini-phono plug#
FS002HT8: Hand trigger, 8 foot cable with mini-phono plug.
* ETL safety listing requires use only with Kinesis input accessories.
**Waterproof versions of each model are available by special order.
# USB and mini-phono connections are not waterproof
These products are fully operational and programmable with Windows 2000®, Windows XP®, Windows
Vista® & Windows 7™. The downloadable programming driver is preconfigured to use Windows XP
"compatibility mode" so no user intervention is required. With Mac OS X®, they are fully operational
except that the OS does not allow one USB device to modify another. To program under Mac OS X,
computer must be an Intel Mac running Windows XP using BootCamp® or Parallels®.
December 2009 Edition
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Cover: Triple pedal model shown (FS30A)
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of
the FCC Rules.These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the
equipment is operated in a residential installation.This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
 Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
 Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
 Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected
 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
To assure continued FCC compliance, the user must use only shielded interfacing cables when connecting to computer or
peripheral. Also, any unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment would void the user’s authority to operate.
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interface-causing Equipment Regulations. Cet
Appareil numerique de la classe B respecte toutes les exiginces du Reglement sur le material broilleur du Canada.
This device has been tested to comply with the following European standards for emissions and immunity for ITE and
medical equipment: En 55022, En 55024, EN 61000-3-2/3, and EN 60601-1-2.
The ETL Recognized Component mark on the product label indicates compliance with UL 60601-1 and CSA Std
C22.2 No. 601.1 standards for medical use. These products must be used with a UL listed computer to comply with
UL safety standards. The label will also indicate IPX1 per UL and CE standards for “drip-proof” water resistance.
Custom, non-programmable waterproof (IPX8) models are also available by special order. This product should not be
used in the presence of a flammable atmosphere such as an anesthetic mixture with air, oxygen, or nitrous oxide.
Read me first ................................................................................ 6
Repetitive strain safety warning ................................................... 6
Features and compatibility ........................................................... 7
Installation ................................................................................... 11
Custom programming your foot switch actions .......................... 13
Safety, cleaning, and maintenance .............................................. 21
Troubleshooting and technical support ....................................... 23
Warranty ...................................................................................... 25
Do NOT install programming software before reading the chapter on Installation. Driver
installation is only required if you decide to change the factory programming. Failure to
heed this warning may result in damage to your device which would not be covered by
Continuous use of any computer input device may cause aches and pains or a more serious
cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) such as tendinitis.
Observe sensible guidelines when using any computer input device to help
minimize the possibility of injury.
Follow established guidelines for computer and workstation setup.
Exercise good judgment in placing reasonable limits on your computer
usage time every day.
Ensure that you take reasonable rest breaks from computer use during the
course of the day.
At the first sign of stress-related injury (aching, numbness, or tingling
of an extremity), consult your health care professional.
Kinesis Corporation bases its product designs on research, proven features, and user
evaluations. However, because of the complex set of factors believed to contribute to
computer-related injuries, the company can make no warranty that any of its products will
prevent or cure any physical ailment.
Your risk of injury may be affected by workstation and chair design, posture, time worked
without breaks, type of work, activities outside of the workplace, and individual physiology.
All Kinesis Savant Elite devices are fully programmable under Windows 2000 and Windows
XP to perfrom keyboard/mouse emulation, using an onboard, non-volatile memory chip to
store keyboard or mouse button actions. A hidden slide switch is used to activate
programming mode when changes are desired.
Once programmed, these devices will operate on any computer with an active USB port.
Standard factory programming performs mouse button actions, but custom factory
programming maybe requested at the time of order for a small fee. Custom waterproof
models are available by special order and are factory-programmable only.
The comfortable, front-hinged pedals allow the foot to be rested towards the front (near)
portion of the pedal and may be triggered with minimal foot or leg motion. Pedal force is
approximately 3.5 pounds when pressing near the rear (cabled end) of the device.
System compatibility
Generic USB "HID" drivers to operate the device are provided automatically by the
operating system, including Windows VISTA and Windows 7. While normal operation is
supported under most platforms supporting USB input devices, a programming driver which
is available for download from the Kinesis website is supported under Windows 2000,
Windows XP, Windows VISTA. Once customized, however, a device may then be returned
to and used in virtually any other USB environment.
On a Macintosh system, re-programming the device is not supported except in Windows XP
running within a Parallels session or using Boot Camp. However, most actions programmed
under Windows (including the regular mouse click and the right mouse button action) will
play correctly under OS X. The details of currently known limitations on Macintosh systems
are described below for each feature.
Detailed features
Savant Elite programmable foot switches can generate single characters or extensive
keyboard sequences, but are factory programmed to perform single mouse button actions.
The control module has the capability to support up to four pedals or other inputs, but some
models do not provide access to all inputs. For each pedal, key combinations such as Ctrl-c
or Shift-Ctrl-arrow can be stored, as well as text of up to approximately 750 characters per
pedal (up to approximately 1200 total characters per device). Except on a Macintosh
system, a pedal can also serve as a modifier (e.g. Ctrl or Shift).
Two types of macros may NOT be stored in a single pedal. These are (1) combinations of
keyboard and mouse button actions, and (2) multiple mouse button actions (e.g. double
Advanced features include the following:
- Pre-combined modifiers. If you frequently use combinations like Shift-Ctrl left arrow, you
can reduce strain and effort by programing a pedal to perform the awkward Shift-Ctrl portion
of the key combination. However, this is not supported on a Macintosh (modifiers on one
input device cannot modify another in the OS X operating system).
- Complete modifier macros. Even on a Macintosh system you may perform dedicated
combinations like Shift-Ctrl left arrow and Shift-Ctrl-right arrow.
- Repeating key actions. Normally single keys actions programmed into the foot switch will
repeat if the pedal is held down, with the same repeat delay and speed as on a keyboard. If a
macro (multiple keystrokes) is programmed, it will also repeat if the pedal is held down, but
at a slower rate which is not affected by the keyboard repeat delay & rate set in the control
panel. These features may be changed using special commands.
- Slow output. If normal programmed output from the foot switch is too fast for the
computer, “slow output” can be selected.
- Inserting “delays” between keystrokes. The foot switch can be programmed with one or
more 0.5 second delays.
- Separate press/release commands. For special applications, you can send a “press key” or
“release key” only, or you can program “press key” actions separately from “release key”
- Setting “Capslock remembered during playback.” Use this feature if you want a macro to
always play back in the same Capslock mode in which it was programmed.
Status LEDs
On the front of the electronics enclosure (facing the user) are two light emitting diodes
(LEDs) which indicate the status of the device. When the green LED is illuminated steadily,
the unit is operating correctly in “play mode.” If the Green LED is flashing, the unit is in
“programming mode.” If the red LED is on, the device is not working correctly (see the
chapter on “Troubleshooting and Technical Support”).
Optional accessories
Some Savant Elite models are equipped with one or more mini-phono jacks, each of which
can accept either a single foot pedal or a hand trigger. Jack-equipped models may be used
with a Kinesis hand trigger (FS002HT8, 8 foot cable), or with a stand-alone foot pedal
(FS007MP, 10 foot cable). Do not attempt to connect any other device to the jack. Extension
cables are available from Kinesis for both the USB cable and the mini-phono cables of stand
alone pedals and hand triggers (contact Kinesis at or 800-454-6374).
Model-specific Features
The various models of Savant Elite programmable devices have unique features which are
described below.
Single pedal bundled with control module (FS10J)
This unit is optimal where space is at a premium, since a single foot pedal can be positioned
near the user with the control module ten feet (or
more, using an available extension cable) away. Dual jack control module, FSMJ2, bundled with
one single pedal as FS10J (four-jack control
module available separately as FSMJ4)
The single pedal model includes a Savant Elite
control module (FSMJ2) with two mini-phono
jacks. This is bundled with a single front-hinged
foot switch equipped with a 10 foot long cable.
An additional pedal (FS007MP) or hand trigger
(FS002HT8) may be purchased separately for the
second input jack.
The control module is equipped with small rubber feet, but for
additional stability, you may attach it to a surface with a removable self-adhesive “hook &
loop” material (provided).
Single pedal, FS007MP, with 9'
cable & miniphono connector.
Use with jack-equipped Kinesis
Factory programming for :
Jack 1 (front): Left mouse button
Jack 2 (rear): Right mouse button
Dual pedal models (FS20A, FS20AJ)
The dual pedal model provides a blend of versatility, small size and moderate cost. A Jack
equipped model is also available if an third
Dual pedal Savant Elite.
free-standing pedal or a hand trigger is
Factory programming:
Left pedal: Left mouse button
Right pedal: Right mouse button
Jack (FS20AJ, not shown):
Middle mouse button
Triple pedal model (FS30A or FS30JA, with adjustable pedals)
The three-pedal model
provides the highest
performance where small size
is not critcal. The outer two
pedals may be adjusted
approximately ½" closer to the
middle pedal using a small
philips screwdriver. A Jack
equipped model is also
available if an occasional
fourth free-standing pedal or a
hand trigger is needed.
Triple pedal Savant Elite model. Attached USB cable not shown..
Factory programming:
Left pedal: Left mouse button
Middle pedal: Middle mouse button (usually “scroll mode” for mouse)
Right pedal: Right mouse button
Jack (FS30AJ, not shown): Left mouse button
Connecting to your computer
The Savant Elite USB foot switch may be connected to any USB port. For the first time, it is
best to connect it after your computer has booted up and is logged in (if you have a network)
so that you can see the “new device detected” message. If you need to use a USB extension
cable, connect without it the first time to be sure the foot switch is working correctly, then
test it with the extension cable. When working correctly, the green LED should be on
The device has two separate electronic identities: one when it is in “play mode” and a
separate identity when it is in “program mode.” Play mode is supported by generic drivers
provided by the operating system and is normally installed automatically (see details below).
A special driver is required if you wish to customize or reprogram the device. You may
download the driver at tech_support/ downloads.htm. If you wish to
receive a CD-ROM, please contact Kinesis by telephone (800-454-6374) or by email
( and provide the serial number of your device and your mailing address.
A fee will be charged for the CD-ROM option.
Important installation note: before trying to customize the foot switch, first install and test
the device in “play mode” as described below. Then if you wish to re-program the foot
switch, disconnect the device before installing the programming driver, and carefully follow
the instructions in the chapter CUSTOMIZING YOUR FOOT SWITCH for installing the
“programming driver.”
Installing “Play Mode”
It is strongly recommended that you use the foot switch at least briefly with its factory
programming before customizing it. The Savant Elite foot switch is shipped with its internal
programming switch in the “Play mode.” Do not move the switch to “programming mode” at
this time.
Play mode for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7
When you first plug in the device, the red LED will illuminate. Windows 2000, Windows
XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 will install “Play Mode” drivers automatically, using
generic files available from the operating system. This process is usually complete within
less than a minute, and when completed, the red LED will go out and the green LED will
illuminate. This process will be repeated the first time you move the device to a different
USB port on the same computer.
Play mode for Macintosh, OS X
The foot switch should be functional with its factory programming immediately after
plugging in the device. No drivers need to be installed. The middle mouse button action will
probably not perform any action unless a third-party mouse driver has been installed (e.g
USB Overdrive, from
Testing and using pre-programmed actions
Once the required generic “play mode” driver is installed, the Savant Elite foot switch
connects like a standard USB keyboard or mouse. Just plug the cable into a USB port on
your computer, whether the computer is running or not. As long as the green LED is glowing
continuously (not flashing), the device is in play mode and working properly.
For now, don’t worry about re-programming your foot switch, before you have confirmed
that it is working normally. It is normally shipped pre-programmed to produce mouse-click
actions which should work on all recent operating systems. See the previous chapter for the
actions pre-programmed in your particular model.
Mini-phono jack for Optional Input Device
If you have a jack-equipped unit, you may connect either a Kinesis foot switch (FS005MP,
FS007MP) or a hand trigger (FS002HT8) at any time. Only a foot switch or hand trigger
purchased from Kinesis should be used in this way. Do not attempt to force a plug into the
jack, as different sizes of phono plugs exist. Do not connect any other device or cable to this
Your Savant Elite programmable foot switch is so versatile, it can be re-programmed to
produce virtually any actions of a keyboard or button action of a mouse. However, neither
combinations of keyboard with mouse button actions, nor mouse double-click actions are
Keyboard actions are sent to the programming driver by the keyboard (either PS/2 or USB)
which is attached to your system. Re-programming mouse click actions and setting special
features requires special key sequences entered from the keyboard.
If you have not yet followed the detailed instructions under installation to make sure your
foot switch is operating correctly as factory programmed, please return to the previous
chapter. If your device is not first installed in “play mode,” attempting to reprogram it may
“lock” the memory chip, which then might require factory service.
General Operating Guidelines for re-programming your footswitch
Your regular keyboard is not required for the Savant Elite foot switch to operate once it has
been programmed. If your computer will boot with only a USB keyboard attached, the
Savant Elite should satisfy that requirement for special applications where a keyboard is not
The Savant Elite Programmable Foot Switch has a slide switch on the underside which is
used to activate programming mode.
Three different types of actions may be programmed into the memory of the foot switch:
1. Single keyboard key actions
2. Key combinations or sequences of key actions (“macros”).
3. Mouse click actions (using one of several approaches described below, depending on
your computer’s operating system).
Very important programming caution: Before programming your foot switch, it is advisable
to set your Repeat Rate to “slow” and Repeat Delay to “long.” Otherwise you may get
multiple key actions programmed to a pedal when you only intended a single key action.
This is accomplished in the control panel using the “Keyboard” icon.
Installing programming software on your PC: Step 1
Download your programming driver (see p11). Also be sure the foot switch has been
disconnected from the USB port. Then click Start, Run, then Browse to find your
downloaded driver and run the driver. When the installation is done, restart the computer.
Installing programming software on your PC: Step 2
Once the appropriate programming driver has been installed, you can plug the foot switch
into your USB port. Turn over your Savant Elite unit to find the programming slide switch
on the underside (see drawing opposite), then proceed with the following instructions:
1. Using a narrow-tipped, non-conductive object like a pencil or plastic pen, slide the
programming switch to the left. A dialog box will appear briefly on your screen for the “Add
New Hardware Wizard” which is looking for a driver for “X-keys Programming Mode.”
2. Click the on-screen “next” button with your mouse. Click “next” again and the drivers
should be found on your hard drive and installed.
3. Once Windows reports that the installation is done, click “finish” and turn the device
right-side-up to confirm that the green LED on the front of the Savant Elite Control module
is flashing, indicating that “programming mode” is active.
4. You may now program one or more pedals (see below), or invert the device to return the
slide switch back to “play mode.” When in play mode, the green LED show glow steadily.
General programming procedures
The Foot Switch must be connected to a computer which is compatible with the Kinesisprovided “programming driver” (see p11), and on which the driver has already been
installed. A keyboard must also be attached. To re-program your foot switch, perform the
following actions (see figure on next page):
1. Turn over your Savant Elite device on your
desk and locate the slide switch (see figure to Underside of the Savant Elite dual
pedal device. Arrow shows access hole
right). With a non-conductive object like a
for programming slide switch.
pencil or plastic pen, move the switch to the
LEFT. Turn the device back to right-side-up
and note that the green LED will be flashing
with a steady cadence.
2. Tap the pedal you want to program. You
can use your hand so you can leave the pedal
on your desk. The LED will change to two
rapid flashes and a brief pause before repeating.
3. On your keyboard, slowly type the key
actions you want to store in the footswitch.
4. When you have finished entering keystrokes
for one pedal, tap that pedal again. The green
LED will return to steady flashing..
5. When you have finished programming, slide the switch to the right. The lights will stop
flashing and the green light should be on.
If you exceed the maximum number of keystrokes allowed (which is highly unlikely), the
red light will come on and the green light will stop flashing. All keystrokes will be lost in the
pedal being programmed. Each pedal can hold approximately 750 keystrokes, but the total
available for all three pedals is approximately 1200 keystrokes.
Repeating actions when holding down pedal
Normally a single keyboard action stored in a pedal will repeat if the pedal is held down. The
repeat rate and repeat delay properties will be the same as for your keyboard, and are set in
the control panel. In contrast, a macro (multiple key actions stored in a pedal) does not repeat.
To force either a single key or a macro to repeat slowly, when programming a pedal you
would enter "Esc - LShift" before typing the macro key actions. More specifically, hold the
Esc key, tap L-Shift, then release both keys. This slow repeat mode is not modulated by the
keyboard repeat delay or repeat rate in the control panel.
Other special key sequences
A number of key sequence including Esc can be used to provide special settings or mouse
button actions. Your computer will generate a brief "trilling" sound when the pedal is pressed
to conclude successful programming of one of these actions. Also, the green LED may be
flashing rapidly at that point. You may press a pedal to continue programming (the LED will
change to a steady slow flash, waiting for a pedal to be selected for programming), or simply
move the slide switch back to the right ("play mode") and the LED will change to steady on.
Erasing programming
Any foot switch pedal may be simply re-programmed with new key actions which will
replace those previously programmed. However, two other options are available to erase a
pedal or the entire device.
Erase a pedal and leave it blank
To erase a pedal and leave it blank, enter programming mode, press and release the pedal to
be erased, then slowly press and release the Esc key on the keyboard three times. Then tap the
pedal again and slide the switch to the right.
To erase the entire foot switch
To erase the entire foot switch memory and leave it blank, enter programming mode and tap
any pedal. On your keyboard, press and release Esc, then tap Backspace, then slowly tap Esc
three more times. Tap the pedal again and slide the switch back to the right.
Mouse click choices - what is possible?
The are two ways to perform mouse clicks with the foot switch. Which method you decide to
use depends on your operating system, how you use your keyboard, and what kind of mouse
actions you want to assign to the foot switch. The keyboard is factory programmed to
perform the built-in mouse click emulation.
True mouse click emulation using Windows 2000 through Windows 7
In Windows 2000 and XP, special mouse-click actions can be programmed to the foot switch.
Once programmed, these actions will also operate in newer versions of Windows. No special
drivers are required for the pedal to perform these mouse click actions, which include left
click, right click, middle click (which usually performs scrolling), and self-scrolling up and
down. The latter is like a partial PageDown or PageUp action, moving the screen a few lines
up or down with every press of the pedal. Please note that a double-click action is not
possible using this approach.
Mouse click emulation (including double click) using "Mouskeys"
(Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix)
"Mousekeys" converts numeric keypad actions to perform mouse button and mouse
directional actions, and is provided in all major operating systems. The most common usage
of Mousekeys is for the "keypad 5" to perform a left mouse button action, and a macro
performing a double "keypad 5" will perform a mouse double-click action. In Windows, you
will find Mousekeys in the Control Panel under"Accessibility Options." For Macintosh OS X,
look in System Preferences, "Universal Access."
Potential disadvantages of this approach are that (1) you need a numeric keypad in order to
program the foot switch, and (2) the numeric keypad may no longer be available to perform
its traditional numbers when Mousekeys is active.
To use the Savant Elite foot switch to perform a left button double-click under Mousekeys,
program two "keypad-5" actions to a pedal before Mousekeys is activated. It may take some
experimentation with the mouse double-click timing (see "mouse" in control panel) for the
double click to work properly.
Programming true mouse click actions
On a computer running Windows 2000 or Windows XP and with the programming driver
installed and Savant Elite foot switch connected, move the slide switch to programming mode
and tap the first pedal to be re-programmed. Now type on your keyboard one of the following
key sequences:
Left mouse button: Esc b 1
Hold Esc, tap b, then tap 1 in the number row, and finally release Esc. Tap the pedal again
slide the programming switch back to the right.
Right mouse button: Esc b 2
Hold Esc, tap b, then tap 2 in the number row, then release Esc. Tap the pedal again slide the
programming switch back to the right.
Scrolling (middle mouse button): Esc b 3 or Esc b 4
Hold Esc, tap b, then tap either 3 or 4 in the number row, then release Esc. In a Windows
environment, this action usually performs scrolling when the mouse is moved. If Esc b 3
doesn’t perform correctly, try Esc b 4.
Self-scroll up: Esc s 1
Hold Esc, tap s, then tap 1, then release Esc.
Self-scroll down: Esc s -1
Hold Esc, tap s, then tap minus, then tap 1, then release Esc.
When you have completed ONE of the above key sequences, tap the pedal again (the green
LED will resume steady flashing). Then proceed to program another pedal, or invert the
device and slide the programming switch back to the right.
Advanced programming features
A number of special features can be programmed. However, it is recommended to use these
features only when you have become familiar with basic operations.
Combination modifier keys (Windows only)
The user can hold down multiple modifier keys (e.g. Ctrl, Shift, Alt, Win) with a single pedal
while entering alphanumeric keyboard keys with the fingers. For example, if you need to use
Shift+Alt in combination with another key, program Shift-Alt into the pedal. You now have
turned a 3-key combination into a simpler 2-key one, with half the combination performed by
your foot.
1. While in programming mode, tap the desired foot switch pedal.
2. Press and hold the first modifier key, press the second modifier key, then release both
3. Tap the pedal again, then exit programming mode by sliding the programming switch
Change repeat rate: Esc LShift, followed by the desired key action(s)
The normal mode for a single keyboard action is to repeat with the same rate and delay
settings as a keyboard key. If you want the stored action not to repeat when the pedal is held
down, enter an Esc L-shift sequence before typing the single key action to be stored.
For a macro (multiple key actions produced by a single pedal action) the normal mode is not
to repeat. If Esc LShift is used, the macro output will repeat at a moderate rate, though neither
the repeat rate nor the repeat delay can be modulated using the keyboard section of the
control panel.
1. While in programming mode, tap the desired foot switch pedal.
2. Press and hold Esc, next press and release LShift, then release Esc.
3. Type the key(s) you want stored in the pedal.
4. Tap the pedal again.
5. Exit from programming mode by sliding the programming switch to the right.
Different key actions for down & up strokes: Esc L-Control betwen down and up actions
Use this feature cautiously so as not to lock up your computer or cause a “stuck key.” It is
possible to make the foot pedal transmit a compleate command when the pedal is pressed (as
if a keyboard key or mouse button is pressed and released).
Another application is to send one action when the pedal is pressed and a different action
when the pedal is released. For example, in transcription software, you might want to send a
"Play" action when the pedal is pressed and a "Stop" action when the pedal is released.
This type of programming is accomplished by entering Esc LCtrl as the separator between the
down commands and the up commands.
1. While in programming mode, tap the desired foot switch pedal.
2. On the main keyboard, type the key or keys to be sent on the downstroke.
3. Press and hold Esc, then press and release the LCtrl key, then release the Esc.
4. Type the key or keys to be sent on the up stroke.
5. Tap the pedal being programmed again and exit from programming mode by sliding the
programming switch to the right.
Slow output: Esc 3 (normal output is Esc 4)
The foot switch can be configured to slow the rate at which programmed key actions are sent
to the computer. This option affects all pedals (it cannot be set to affect only one pedal). This
change can be made either before or after the foot switch is programmed, except that the
pedal which is pressed during this programming step will lose any stored key actions which
must be then re-programmed.
To activate “Slow Output,” turn on programming mode and tap any pedal (this pedal will
need to be re-programmed once you have activated slow output).
Inserting “delays” between keystrokes: Esc 5
The foot switch can be programmed with 0.5 second delays. When programming, one 0.5
second delay is inserted for each “Esc 5” sequence.
Setting “Capslock remembered during playback:” Esc 8 (turn off with Esc 7)
Use this feature if you want macros to always play back in the same (upper or lower) case
even if the Capslock is sometimes on and sometimes off. This change affects all pedals.
Medical applications
Kinesis Savant Elite devices with the ETL Recognized Component mark,
on the
product label comply with UL 60601-1 and are certified to CSA std C22.2 NO. 601.1
standards for medical use (near patient testing) in the US and Canada (ETL listing 3183755).
This is a standard written by Underwriters Laboratories which is harmonized to the
international standard IEC 60601-1 with the title "Medical Electrical Equipment - Part 1:
General Requirements For Safety." If so marked, the product must be used with a UL listed
computer to comply with UL safety standards. Products which have input jacks for optional
input accessories must only be used with the appropriate Kinesis accessory input devices.
The label will also indicate IPX1 per UL and CE standards for “drip-proof” water resistance.
This product should not be used in an environment (such as an operating room) requiring
water-proof (e.g. IPX8) devices. Equivalent IPX8-rated products are available from Kinesis
by special order. To inquire, email or call 800-454-6374.
Flammable gases
Savant Elite devices are not designed to be used in an environment with flammable or
explosive gases, such as an anesthetic mixture with air, oxygen, or nitrous oxide.
Duty cycle
All Savant Elite devices are rated for continuous operation, though the computer or operating
system may affect how the device performs under such conditions. Normal usage consists of
intermittent pressing of the pedal to initiate a specific keyboard or mouse action.
Occasional external cleaning is recommended by wiping the pedals and electronics enclosure
with a damp cloth. Alternatively, a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol (70% isopropanol)
may be used though any silk-screened graphics on the electronics enclosure may be damaged
over time by solvent effects. Savant Elite products are not designed to be sterilized or to be
used in a sterile environment.
Status lights
If a problem is suspected, the first place to check is the status lights. If the green LED
displays a steady light, the unit is operating normally in “play mode.” If there is no LED
illuminated, the system is not powered. If the red LED is illuminated, the unit is not ready
and requires attention.
If the green LED is flashing, the unit is in programming mode. Please see the chapter “
Customizing your foot switch” to learn more about re-programming the device.
Programming errors
If programming errors are detected by the foot switch, the LEDs will blink rapidly or both red
and green lights may be on at the same time. To reset and continue programming, try turning
the Programming switch off (to the right), waiting for 5-10 seconds, then turning it back on.
If that is not successful, unplug the device and wait for 10 seconds before replugging it. If
that is still not successful, try rebooting your computer.
Errors could occur for the following reasons:
The computer is not operating in a mode to accept the key codes (for example, it may
be rebooting).
Too many key codes were entered. The maximum is approximately 750 per pedal.
There may be an intermittent cable connection. Check all cables for proper connection.
Problems with “half-key” actions: Unusual key codes can be programmed into the
Kinesis Programmable Foot Switch if the foot switch pedal is released before a
keyboard key is completely pressed and released. This can occur because the foot
switch can memorize a "half key" action (e.g. down only).
"Half keys" can cause “stuck key” behavior, which is especially confusing if the stuck key is
Shift, Ctrl, Alt, or a Windows key. If this mode occurs unintentionally, the stuck key can be
released by pressing and releasing the stuck keyboard key. Then repeat the programming
process, ensuring that keyboard keys are completely released before releasing the pedal of the
foot switch.
Contacting Kinesis Technical Support
Contact Kinesis technical support only after you have read the entire User’s Manual and still
have problems or unanswered questions. You may contact Kinesis Technical Support by Email (, fax (425-402-8181), or phone (800-454-6374 or 425-4028100). Technical support hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm Pacific time, Monday - Friday
excluding holidays.
When you contact Kinesis, be prepared to document your purchase date, as well as your
product model number and serial number. Also know the brand and model of your computer
and your computer’s operating system.
Repairs by authorized repair centers only
The product may be repaired by authorized, qualified personnel only. Unauthorized or
inexpertly carried-out repairs may seriously jeopardize the safety of the user (such as from
fire danger) and may invalidate your warranty.
Getting an RMA number prior to product repair
For any repair, whether or not it is covered by your warranty, you must contact Kinesis to
explain the problem, provide certain information, and get an RMA number to write on your
package. Packages sent to Kinesis without first obtaining an RMA number may be refused,
and the product will not be repaired without information and instructions from the owner.
Packaging and Shipping
If you need to ship the Product, use its original or other packaging that protects it against
impact and shock. Be sure to contact Kinesis for an RMA number and Kinesis’ shipping
address. You should insure the package since Kinesis is not responsible for items until they
are received by the Kinesis repair center.
Kinesis Corporation (“Kinesis”) warrants to the original retail purchaser that this Kinesis
accessory (“Product”) is free from defects in materials and workmanship and will perform
substantially in accordance with the Product documentation for one year from the date of
purchase by the user. This Warranty does not apply to software or diskettes enclosed with the
product, which are covered by a License Agreement. If Product fails due to accident, abuse,
inappropriate use, or unauthorized repair, Kinesis shall have no responsibility under this oneyear Warranty.
Purchaser’s Exclusive Remedies
During the first (1) year after the date of original purchase, the exclusive remedy for a defect
in this Kinesis Product shall be, at Kinesis Corporation’s option, either repair or replacement
of the defective product. If you suspect the Product is not working properly or if you have
questions about the performance of the Product, contact Kinesis Technical Support. If you
wish to return the Product to Kinesis for any reason, you must obtain from Kinesis an RMA
number and instructions for returning the product. You are responsible for the cost of
shipping the product to Kinesis. For Product repaired or replaced under warranty for
destinations within the United States or Canada, Kinesis will ship said Product to you by its
ground carrier at no charge. Repair parts and replacement Product may be either
reconditioned or new. Kinesis retains the right to charge a service fee or return shipping fee
on Product sent for warranty repair where no repair was required.
Disclaimer of Other Warranties
The warranty and remedies set forth above are exclusive and in lieu of all others, whether oral
or written, express or implied. Kinesis specifically disclaims any and all implied warranties,
including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular
purpose. No Kinesis dealer, agent, or employee is authorized to make any modification,
extension, or addition to this warranty. Kinesis does not warrant that the product will meet
your requirements, or that operation of the product will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that
all errors will be corrected.
Limitation of Liability
Kinesis is not responsible for special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from any
breach of warranty, or under other legal theory, including but not limited to lost profits,
downtime, goodwill, damage to or replacement of equipment and/or property nor any costs of
recovering, programming, or reproducing any program or data stored in or used with Kinesis
products. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages or exclusions of implied warranties, so the above limitations or exclusions may not
apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights, which vary from state to state.
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