Motion controls keep expanding and experimenting in bizarre ways, but the 3DRudder's premise sounds like it could work well.

LJN's atrocious Roll 'N Rocker NES accessory, the Wii Balance Board and the faux skateboard peripheral from Tony Hawk: Ride have left us with a bad taste in our mouths when it comes to foot-oriented game controls, but the 3DRudder is a lot more practical in its implementation. The Verge got to try out the 3DRudder at CES Unveiled with a 3D design program that showed off the simplicity of first-person navigation using this elaborately designed motion controller.

The 3DRudder has a round bottom (its underside looks like a giant Taplight) and its can detect changes in direction, swivels and varying degrees of pressure to help get your character move in the right direction. After placing both feet on the marked spots on the 3DRudder, you are able to zoom, rotate, jump, turn and move based on the natural movements you would associate with these actions on the motion controller's foot pads. Just check the video and watch it in action.

With only 14 days left of its Indiegogo campaign to go, the 3DRudder has only raised roughly $16,000 of the $50,000 needed to fund it. You can pre-order one now for $110, but after this early bird special it will have a standard price of $130.

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