17
Jun
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OK, Pressy faithful. Your patient waiting, or just possibly your impatient waiting and incessant grumbling (guilty), has finally paid off. According to an email sent to Pressy Kickstarter backers early this morning, the first of the final production devices have left the factory in China and been sorted and shipped out. The rest should be shipped by tomorrow, and depending upon location, Pressy creator Nimrod Black says that it will take 1-3 weeks for the units to arrive to backers.

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There's buttons in them boxes.

Pressy is a headphone jack-mounted external button that can be triggered to various selectable apps or functions, basically adding a customizable physical button for power users. The idea got a lot of attention when the Kickstarter campaign launched last year, securing more than ten times its initial $40,000 goal from nearly 30,000 backers. Unfortunately the fulfillment has been plagued with setbacks and delays - the original estimated delivery date for Pressy was way back in April. It doesn't help that various copies of the Pressy design from unscrupulous Chinese manufacturers, including a rather shameless one from Xiaomi, have beaten Pressy to market with cheaper hardware.

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Pressy is hoping that a well-designed app with multiple easy-to-program functions will help its product stay on top. The app is available in the Play Store right now, though it won't do you any good until you get your hardware: the free app is being locked to genuine Pressy units with a registration code. I suppose that you could download it and stare longingly at its programmable settings until the delivery man finally knocks on your door.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • ncs

    you guys gave them way more publicity than they deserve in my opinion.. And to make things clear: I understand that delays would be nearly impossible to avoid. When backing a project on Kickstarter, one should be expecting to face the delays in product delivery. However, their lack of communication with their backers and the whole way they handled the project (for example by changing the technical specifications at will) was totally unacceptable.

    • sssgadget

      THIS APP WORKS ONLY WITH THE ORIGINAL PRESSY BUTTON (WITH AN ACTIVATION CODE)

      Well that's helpful.

      • Morten Ulveseth

        Awww, now what am I gonna do with my two dollar deal exstreme plug?

        • RossoXIII

          The pressy simply simulates the command sent by any mobile phone headset connected to the 3.5mm plug. That's why they locked the app with a code. Anyone would be able to replicate the same functions with their headphones remote.

  • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

    Pressy has turned into the Duke Nukem Forever of the Android world.

    • KathleenKennettiel

      like Jacqueline implied I'm taken by surprise that a
      mom can earn $8130 in 1 month on the computer . see post F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • Luca

    Any chance to unlock pressy app also for unofficial ones?
    Or at least a good alternative app

    • aarmina

      There is already an API underwork it should be released a few months after the hardware release!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Did you guys notice that down votes seem to be back in disqus?

    • usaff22

      I haven't gotten it yet on mobile. But if so, that's awesome!

    • Matthew Fry

      Don't think so. This is what came up when I tried downvoting you. https://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/658811-how-voting-works
      It says they are still not counted.

      • Joshua Hill

        It actually says the opposite. 'Downvotes are still counted but will no longer display the total number of votes.'

        You don't see the number of downvotes on any individual post but they do effect your total vote count.

        • Matthew Fry

          Well this must not be affecting me yet because when I downvote, the upvote counts stay the same.

          • Joshua Hill

            It doesn't effect the upvote count on the comment you downvoted on. If you click a user their profile displays total comments and total votes. It effects the total votes field which I believe is tallied by no. of upvotes - no. of down votes.

  • MargaretRLavallee

    The idea got a lot of attention when the Kickstarter campaign launched last year, securing more than ten times its initial $40,000 goal from nearly 30,000 backers. http://merky.de/805fcc

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      To the pit with you, vile spammer!

  • John Smith

    Got the "Klick" button from ebay ystd. 6$. Working good but theres 1mm gap between phone and button cap.

  • Alex

    I think MiKey only work whit Xiaomi phones.. So is there any alternative to Pressy?
    And best place to get this one (or other) inside Europe.

  • marco

    QuickClick is for free and you don't need a dongle

  • damien

    Did you guys tried QuickClick app?

  • http://nrajesh.com Rajesh

    I am hearing about this product for the first time. From what I understand it helps to open apps or shortcuts by pressing a hardware button.

    What additional functionality does this offer? Aren't there apps that let us do something similar i.e. on tap, double tap, long press of screen, on flicking phone?

  • Daniel Collins

    Finally.

  • Guest

    I admit. It's a pretty app. Maybe if I pre-order one now, I'll get it before the backers.

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