While watching a musician struggle with a printed musical score in Pasadena, California a few years ago, inventor Tianhou Li came up with a brilliantly simple idea: harness digital technology to allow musicians to turn pages using their feet. The resulting device, called the Footime® Page and Score Turner, uses a common USB interface and works with popular software programs like Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word, and Power Point.
“Footime® solves a centuries-old problem in a simple way,” said Li. “It frees music players’ hands by letting them use their feet — so they can play without interruption.” Footime® has a retail price of only $49.99, and has been praised by orchestra pit musicians, worship leaders, home recording artists — and everyone else who’s ever used it. Since launching the product in 2006, Li’s company Bili Inc. (which also produces the amazing Foot Mouse interface) has offered Footime® to satisfied customers in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
“A Powerful Performance Solution”
As a “green” solution, Footime® saves on paper and ink, while allowing to rehearse and perform long compositions that would be impracticable with ordinary paper scores. Better yet, when used with a program like PowerPoint and a projector, Footime® allows a band or worship leader to change pages while presenting the projected score to any number of musicians and audience members on a large screen.
Common adaptations include use with Bili Inc’s sturdy laptop stand, or in conjunction with a laptop positioned horizontally on a piano. Simply put, Footime® frees up performers to do what they do best – perform. “Musicians love this innovative device,” Li said. “It helps them turn scores, lyrics, pictures… and keeps everyone on the same page. Footime® is a powerful performance solution for the digital age!”
Bili Inc’s Footime® is compatible with both Windows® and Apple personal computers, and features USB connectivity, a durable, rubberized case, a 68” cable, and two large red switches with internal LEDs for easy visibility, even in low light settings.
For more information about the Footime® Page/Score Turner visit www.bilila.com.