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Android phones are immensely customizable, but typically, these tweaks take place internally. We swap out launchers and keyboards like car floor mats and seat covers. We pop in widgets like an aftermarket radio and toss on live wallpapers like air fresheners hanging from the rear-view mirror. But by keeping our attention inside the car (wait, what was I talking about again?) we ignore all the external tweaks that are possible. Introducing Pressy, a Kickstarter project that wants to pop into your earphone jack so that you can take pictures and turn on the flashlight without having to unlock your device.

Update: What a difference three hours can make, as Pressy has already managed to surpass its $40,000 goal. Anyone who pledges now can do so with relative certainty that they will get their hands on this product when it ships next year.

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Pressy is roughly the size of a pair of earphones without, well, everything that isn't shiny. For most pairs, that leaves just the part that disappears inside the headphone jack. The actually button that extends from the phone is small enough to resemble a regular button.

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In fact, the button is less than 1mm tall. Nonsense, you say? Here's an illustration.

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Without Pressy, most of us have to unlock their phones, exit the currently running app, dig around for the appropriate app, and launch it. Even though third-party lockscreens like WidgetLocker save some of us from these steps, Pressy removes the need to wake the device up from sleep manually. Sure, you have to give up your headphone jack to use it, but there's always a tradeoff.

Out of the box, Pressy requires a short click to toggle your flashlight, a long click to toggle silence, and double-click to snap a photo. All of this requires a dedicated app that's downloaded separately and permits users to create actions of their own.

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Pressy has already received over $13,000 in pledges after just one day. That leaves it with 46 days to reach its fundraising goal of $40,000. Anyone who wants to get their hands on a Pressy needs to commit $17, and shipments are expected to go out in March of next year.

Pressy - the Almighty Android Button!

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    $17? taking the piss right?, and that horrible UI on their android app, gingerbread days it seems.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      IMO, the UI looks OK.
      The great thing about the software part is that it can be changed.
      If people don't like it, they can redesign the UI and everyone can have it.

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        It should be following android design guidelines from day 1.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          Personally, I don't mind having an app I don't fire up too often not adhering to those guidelines.

  • Akbar

    love it

  • http://www.betheunchurch.blogspot.com maisonpulaski

    How do you get the thing out? Very cool though.

    • MikeCiggy

      It does look like a bitch to get out. Hope they have some type of small tool included. What if I want to use headphones haha. I agree it is a cool idea.

      • Kenny O

        Get one of these and you can use both :-)

        • MikeCiggy

          Not the worst idea I've ever heard BUT that defeats the whole. minimal design.

        • Primalxconvoy

          They need to incorporate that into their design.

        • Joseph Cascio

          I don't think that would work. Two black lines on the splitter and the black lines on the pressy. It might be missing an input.

        • enoch861

          Wouldn't work. Missing another "connector". I've tried it before with headphones with clicky buttons and it doesn't work. Someone would have to design on that has 3 "rings".

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      As an optional add-on, you can purchase a Pressy removal sledge hammer for only 83 bucks (+ shipping).

    • Sean

      It looks like (and I could be wrong), it's shaped almost like a nail. If you look at the up close picture, there's the "head" where the button is, but a bit of space below that where you could get a fingernail or something in, as the part underneath is smaller:
      https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/000/869/338/dbfb96e6048522fac4652ecc41d43591_large.jpg?1377718431

      They also said "we tested Pressy on the Nexus 4 and it was easily taken in and out" in the comments, but take that with a grain of salt I suppose.

      • David Thoren

        Nexus 4 also doesn't have a flat area around the headphone jack.. it's very sloped in that area.

        edit: Mean to say that I don't see how it could be difficult to get out of the Nexus 4 because of this. Not flush against the top at all, so plenty of space to get a grip on it.

        • Sean

          That will definitely make removal easier (my S3 is sloped similarly), but even on the photo of the One, it looks like you could get it out without *too* much fidgeting. With that said, I'm just spitballing, we won't really know until people start getting them.

    • John Smith

      one has to suck really hard on the corner of the phone :-) Some people will be more experienced than others. LOL

      • Mike Harris

        I thought that was pretty funny, but I guess there are 4 people here that aren't fans of fellatio jokes.

        • andy_o

          fellatio: u r doing it wrong.

          (Or so I'm told.)

  • wolfkabal

    Guess I won't be using that button to start/stop music that I want to listen to through headphones.

    • Marco Roncal Vivanco

      Haven't you heard about bluetooth headphones?????

      • wolfkabal

        a) it was a rhetorical comment b) BT headphones from my experience suck (mostly due to the need for constant charging).

        • Jason Fitzgerald

          Yeah, phone sucks too (mostly due to the need for constant charging)

          • J Davis

            Reply of the month.. LMFAO

        • Justin W

          My Moto S10-HD's last me about 8 hours constant play on one charge.

          That's pretty good, considering it's using Bluetooth and playing music at the same time. /s

          • Jaime

            Lots of phones barely last that long =D

        • dave birney

          i have a sony sbh50 and you can charge it while youre using it, problem solved

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      God, life is hard isn't it.

    • andy_o

      You can use headphones and preserve functionality. It's in the video, check it out.

      • wolfkabal

        "You can still use headphones [that have buttons built in].."

        ie: if the headphones already have a built in button - my original example is null. So the real focus is on the app at that point - which I actually do think is quite innovative.

        • Matthew Fry

          And yet, access to that app will cost ya 17 big ones just like everyone else.

        • Mike Goff

          Or you could forego the $17 for that app and use this one for free: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kober.headset

          • wolfkabal

            Yeah I pointed that out on another comment [above] as well. There are a few other options in the play store as well.

  • tumatos

    17$? these kickstarter projects are getting over their heads.

    • MikeCiggy

      I would totally pledge $5 but that's it.

      • makapav

        There should be an app and SDK/API component that will probably go with it if they want to do it right.

        • PressyButton

          There is! :)

      • RaptorOO7

        You can pledge $1 to support them but won't get more than supporting it. I am pretty picky on what I will support on Kickstarter but this is a really useful project.

    • andy_o

      They're probably covering the app's price too. I wouldn't be surprised if they charged for the app for those who don't buy the button, since it seems you can duplicate its functionality with your headset's button.

    • Matthew Gardner

      Kickstarter does not equal purchase. It's a way of getting funding.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    wow. This is definately something I didn't realized I needed till I saw the AD

  • Kenny O

    Mar 2014?? Which in "Kickstarter time" probably means you get it in May 2014. It sounds like a cool idea right now, but my be completely unnecessary in a year.....not to mention $17 seems high for something like this.

  • MikeCiggy

    Bringing back Morse code like a boss.

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  • Ryan Steddy

    So people can make something like this, but there are still aren't any headphones that can control music playback INCLUDING volume via a remote control?

    • mauswe

      Yes WHYYYYYYY???

    • Michael

      you can via bluetooth, I do all the time!

    • Abe Lincoln

      My Sony DR-EX14VP earbuds work just fine with in-line volume control and a play/pause/skip button... they sound good but may not be the absolute best since they're just $25 buds.

      http://www.amazon.com/Sony-DREX14VP-BLK-Headset-Smartphones/dp/B005M7AVKK

      • neverused

        They don't control the volume from the device so much as limit it passing through to the user.

    • Jaime

      my headphones can do that...

    • Chris

      Zagg earbuds do it, won a pair in a contest and they're pretty good actually.

  • Primalxconvoy

    This is pure fail for me. I need the headphone jack.

    Regardless, I'm still amazed that Google still hasn't been able to implement system wide settings that have been standard on many feature phones for ages, such as:

    - hardware buttons for the camera shutter.
    - hardware buttons for torch.
    - built in voice mail/custom answer phone message.
    - folder view for music players.
    - etc.

    If the jack with this button thing is made from plastic, it could easily get stuck in the phone as my gf's phone "charm" did (they sell them in Japan") when the top part snaps off.

    Now, if they could make a version with a button to the SIDE of the port, akin to those dual headphone adaptors that plug into one port, then they've got a winner.

    Otherwise, just buy camera zoom fx for hardware button shutter supportand a cheap micro torch to stick to the external case of your phone.

    Problem solved.

    • Ark

      God, so much fail in this post.

      First, not everything is catered towards your needs. I suppose you think AIDS medication is a huge fail too.

      Two, Google doesn't build hardware.

      Three, it's not made of plastic, dumbass, just click the link and read the description.

      • Mike Harris

        God, so much fail in this post.

        That's funny because I was thinking the same exact thing while reading his rambling. I thought "how could he get so many things so absolutely wrong in just one post?"

        Primalxconvoy, the original Droid (as well as many other Android phones) had a hardware button for the camera. I liked it, but it went away and customers don't really miss it. Google develops the software; not the hardware it's installed on.

        • Primalxconvoy

          Thanks for the info about the Droid. However, Google DOES make hardware and also can/should be somewhat and is responsible for the hardware standards is os is run on.

          • Ark

            They don't make phones, dumbass.

          • Primalxconvoy

            This may come as a shock to you, but did you know that Android is an os and as such isn't hardware dependent? Thus, there are many devices that can run it, not just phones.

            Here's the Google-produced (but not released) nexus-q:

            - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexus_Q

            And, of course, Google bought Motorola, which:

            "... (has) turn(ed) Google, which makes the Android mobile operating system, into a full-fledged cellphone manufacturer, in direct competition with Apple..."

            - http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/google-to-buy-motorola-mobility/?_r=0

            So you see, regardless of the debate, means that Google IS responsible for the creation of hardware, including phones.

            Hope this helps.

          • Ark

            Motorola is owned by google, not run by them. Completely different company, as they have stated countless times. The nexus Q is not a phone. You are straight up wrong. Man up.

          • Primalxconvoy

            Incorrect. You stated that "Google doesn't make hardware", yet they made the nexus q. You also stated that they don't make phones, yet a branch of their company does.

          • Ark

            You're misinformed.

            http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57571548-78/google-exec-theres-a-wall-between-nexus-motorola/

            It's not a branch. It's not part of google. They just own it. Sorry buddy, straight up wrong.

            Edit - and dumb

          • Primalxconvoy

            Except I'm not:

            - "...the first Motorola Android developed alongside Google will be released during the second half of this year."

            - http://m.pocketnow.com/2013/04/16/motorola-google-phone

            When a company buys another company, its rarely without making changes and influencing the design of future products or services.

            I think you'll find that your link refers to how Google won't be giving preference to Motorols over the rights to make a nexus device, this treating it like any other company.

            However, once Motorola have shifted their backlog of previous designs, phones like the moto x will start to show google's design.

            Also, as Google does own Motorola, it items all of its assets, which legally makes it responsible for the manufacturing of phones, whether it designed them or not.

            Again, why are you resorting to ign style insults? Let your arguments speak for themselves. If I'm "dumb" thenby own arguments, readers here can discern that for themselves.

            I expect better from a poster at this site.

      • Primalxconvoy

        So much fanboy butthurt in one post.

        Most phones don't run stock android and also their "stock" camera apps don't support hardware controls.

        "Google doesn't make hardware"

        orly?

        - http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/12/tech/gaming-gadgets/google-hardware

        Google have removed (for security reasons) voicemail functions from apps and yet haven't had the forethought to make their own standard app built-in.

        Thus, I stand by what I wrote; Google is responsible for a platform that offers less basic functions than some featurephones, such as a torch and a camera that can be controlled with physical buttons (on the top or sides).

        Btw, "jacka$$"? Are you 13 or just passing through from the IGN discussion forums? At least retort to a higher standard (look to the other replies to my op).

        • Phill_S

          Those arent basic features. They are niche gimmicks. Most people actively dont want them, the rest dont care.

          • Primalxconvoy

            Incorrect. They're are numerous torch based apps available and like I said, feature phones had this feature built in most phones I used.

            Products like this headphone button and apps like tasker show that there is use and demand for suchfeatures.

            Also, Android should have a built in, configurable hardware button for users. After all, Android is all about choice.

          • Phill_S

            No. An app that turns the flash into a torch and a button that does the same thing is not identical.

            More hardware buttons are a step backwards, the entire screen is a configurable hardware button.

          • Primalxconvoy

            No. Accessing a torch mode without the need to turn on the screen is a step forwards.

            Pressing a hardware power button, waiting for the illuminated screen (which now is a rather weak torch light at this point), then pressing a touchscreen to activate a torch when all that is needed is a simple hardware button, is a step backwards.

            Torches need to be accessed quickly, either for emergency purposes or during times when faffing around with the touch screen is awkward or embarrassing.

          • Phill_S

            The average consumer will use Candy Crush more often than the torch function on the phone. Maybe a dedicated Candy Crush button is the way forward too?

            And btw if I cared at all about quickly turning on the LED I would just program Tasker to do so when I shook the phone. Its a last resort mostly redundant function for nearly every user.

          • Primalxconvoy

            If there was a dedicated, configurable hardware button built in to all phones, then why not? Choice is a great thing.

        • Ark

          I'm curious btw, what exactly am I a fanboy of? Or do you default to that sentence when you're caught being an idiot?

          Btw google voice doesn't work anywhere in the planet, dumbass, thats why it isn't default.

          Also the volume buttons trigger the camera in 4.3

          Why are you such a failure

    • Fatty Bunter

      You want 2 extra hardware buttons? That's a terrible idea. Nobody else wants that. That'd be a fringe product.

      • Primalxconvoy

        Incorrect. Long pressing an existing hardware button would be sufficient.

        Regardless, this product is an additional hardware button, so your point is?

    • Nick

      Hardware buttons for the camera shutter? You mean like the volume buttons that trigger the shutter in the stock Android camera app? Android has done at least that one for quite a long time.

  • Primalxconvoy

    Btw why is the video link in this mobile centric news article, itself presented at a mobile site, not mobile friendly?

    Please change the video to a YouTube version, so can click the full screen option easily.

    - http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GrxAfqK2q7Q

    • DroidRockets

      Played fine on my Note 2 and Razr Maxx. Maybe it's the Droid Eris that you're trying to play it back on.. Can you say upgrade? :P

  • Glich

    hell $20 bucks with the keychain.. i'll give it a try. great idea. i never use my headphone jack since i use Bluetooth headphones

  • Ark

    ...how do you take it out? Jam a screwdriver under it? Nail?

  • RaptorOO7

    I am going to pledge and order. As of right now they are at $32,295 out of a $40,000 goal. This is actually something I would use.

    Whoa, the delivery is March 2014, wow that is quite a bit of time to deliver. But still worth it.

  • John Smith

    IDEA: a headphone-socket dongle (like "pressy") that unlocks the phone for use. Without it, the phone can't be used; physical security instead of a PIN

    • Roh_Mish

      what if you loose it?

      • Jaime

        Use a necklace or put it with your keys

      • Sven79

        It fits pretty tight; I doubt it would ever get loose.

        • Roh_Mish

          it is just like pen cap you say it wont get lost, but you loose it everytime.

          • Sven79

            So you mean LOSE, and not loose.

  • Keyz Karanza

    Despite all the cynicism (philistines), I became a backer. $17 might be a little high (seriously I waste more than that in a week getting take out), but I think it is worth it to add a much needed functionality to my phone (which is a Straight Talk budget Android). Since I now have a car with a bluetooth radio, the headphone jack has become just another hole anyway.

  • gizak

    Neat idea, but if the purpose of this device is convenience, but you actually use your headphones or want to hear notifications, then this may be more of an inconvenience, always removing it/storing it. Remember, having something plugged into the headphone jack, often "mutes" sounds as your device believes headphones are plugged in.

    • anezarati

      this is from the developers under the comments section:

      "we offer key chains only for the $20 pledges and up. On Android you can have audio playing also with an audio jack plugged in"

      so they said audio will still play, but we shall see.

    • andy_o

      The device detects the resistance that headphones produce, with this (as I'm guessing e.g. the Square card reader and similar attachments) the sound shouldn't be muted.

  • ElfirBFG

    I only have mUSB, no 3.5mm.

  • Qliphah

    I just wonder about the speed at which it can do these functions. Is the camera a built in function as like you say "double-click to snap a photo". If it in fact does take a instant photo that would be great. However I suspect it calls the default camera app then it could be 30 seconds or more before the app is launched and then told to take a photo.

  • KathyJN

    Yes, you too can "Tugle mute"!

  • Elislurry

    This is all well and good if you don't use a case. If you do, you wont be able to use this thing. Most cases are thicker than this.

  • mikebel3

    Dumb question but can't pressy work with just the app and a headjack with a button on it?

  • Cristian Borsa

    Seems a bit pricey for what it does.

  • larry91403

    Is there any reason why this could not work on an iPhone?

    • andy_o

      iOS doesn't let apps program system-wide commands, as far as I know. I'm guessing, if this does what it seems it does (duplicate a headset button by basically shorting pins), it should work for basic controls that you can do on iOS with a headset, although I seem to recall reading iOS did things with specific resistances which could be problematic.

  • WHO?

    Would of backed it if delivery was December. I wouldn't back anything with half a year wait. That tells me they're still working out all the plans that could potentially fail.

  • leo

    but if you put a diode led to measure the temperature by laser and measure also the distance

  • GunMetal M8

    My HTC ONE M8 currently does everything this pressy button will do...just saying

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