These days, most Android handsets keep hardware keys to an absolute minimum. For some devices, we are talking about nothing more than a volume rocker and a power button. For others, you’ll also find a few keys or even a home button on the front of the phone.
The reduction of hardware keys on modern phones might lead you to believe that most Android users hate physical buttons, but is this really true? Not necessarily, at least judging by the runaway support that Pressy has seen on Kickstarter so far.
For the uninitiated, the Pressy is a unique add-on physical button that is easily installed by placing it into your headphone jack. The Pressy can then be programmed to do just about anything from starting your phone’s camera, to opening up a special setting, voice recording or launching just about any specific app.
With 25 days to go, Pressy has smashed through its original Kickstarter goal of $40k, and has now exceeded a half a million in funding, with over 22,000 backers. Now that the Pressy has made it past its $500k stretch goal, the Pressy’s creators have announced a brand new feature will be making its way to the add-on button from day one: Pressy-to-Talk.
As you may have guessed, the idea here is that the Pressy can now be used as a press-to-talk button. The functionality will apparently work through the aid of a currently undisclosed “huge player in the VoIP market”.
With nearly a month left until Pressy’s Kickstarter campaign ends, it looks likely that the project could end up reaching close to a million dollars in funding, or even more. If that does happen, it will be interesting to see if the folks behind Pressy have any other special features in store for us.
What do you think of Pressy, do you like the idea of a customizable hardware key or not?
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It takes away use of the headphone socket, the most used thing on my phone.
Get an HTC one
How would that help?
They have great speakers so there would be need for headphones on most occasions.
oh, so you’re one of those ppl that walks around with their music blasting away thinking everyone around you wants to hear your “shitty” music (rolling my eyes)… yet you can afford to get a $200 phone but you can’t get a freaken $10 headphone.
back to the article, this is an awesome invention!!!
Meant to say no need for headphones. If you were listening to music I highly doubt anyone would be frustrated that they can’t use a pressy at the same time for taking pictures or using it for shortcuts.
If you’re spending 10 dollars on headphones than I’m going to assume that you have no idea what it means to listen to quality music.
If you watch the video you’ll see that you can use your headphones after programming pressy onto your device.
I was impressed by the project and pledged my support for them, i can’t want to get my hand on it.
I’m a backer and as a recent convert from a windows phone, a physical camera button was magical on those devices. Can’t wait for mine!
I backed it originally with the 2 pack, but they canceled it on those who backed that level which is BS. So I opted instead to back it again for the Kickstarter Green one. I know of other Kickstarter projects with offerings for multiple pieces which is a violation of TOS yet they are still going on.