Pressy Adds A Customizable Button Using Your Smartphone's Headphone Jack

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News Posted: Sat, Aug 31 2013 11:04 AM
Although it might make smartphone hardware and UI designers feel the same way a fine chef does when a diner dumps ketchup all over their steak, there’s a smartphone add-on button in the works called Pressy that would let Android users perform a number of actions with simple button clicks.

Pressy is a tiny button that fits into your headphone jack, and it’s surprisingly unobtrusive. It works with its own app, so users can set up a number of quick actions, including sending a message, taking a photo or video, recording a phone call, sending your location in case of emergency, and more.

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All of that is configurable through the app, so you can decide how many clicks will do what. By default out of the box, Pressy knows how to turn on your flashlight (one short click), take your phone in and out of silent mode (one long click), and take a picture (double-click).

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If you happen to want to use your headphone jack for, say, headphones, you can yank Pressy out and pop it into a special keychain attachment and just use your headphone controls for all those functions, instead.

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The Pressy team has an API so devs can continue to add features, and they’re soliciting funds on Kickstarter to send the thing into mass production. So far so good--the guys have raised $310,915 so far with 44 days to go, which is a good step beyond the $40,000 they were hoping to get.
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sevags replied on Sat, Aug 31 2013 1:19 PM

What a simple but great idea! I hope it becomes available on iOS!

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ok, that is cool! I hardly every use headphones. I'd love to have a configurable button on my phone.

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realneil replied on Sat, Aug 31 2013 7:45 PM

This is something that I would consider buying.

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taebox replied on Sun, Sep 1 2013 12:53 AM

The only thing that sucks, is when it's a kickstarter, you're looking at a year before you actually have it. I am hesitant to ever join one of these because future me might not care.

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The kickstarter page indicates that the most basic Pressy would cost 17USD and that 20USD gets one Pressy and a key chain. Perhaps this little device would in fact be worth it to Android owners ?...

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It'll be awesome if it worked with Bluetooth headsets so that one can do wireless button pressing.

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It'll be awesome if it worked with Bluetooth headsets so that one can do wireless button pressing.

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It'll be awesome if it worked with Bluetooth headsets so that one can do wireless button pressing.

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zybch replied on Mon, Sep 2 2013 4:29 AM

Forget an iOS version. Apple will NEVER allow the control app on your phone, you'll have to jailbreak to stand any chance of using it.

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