Xiaomi creates its own lower-cost Pressy alternative, dubbed MiKey

April 1, 2014
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Back in August of last year we first reported on Pressy, a unique add-on button accessory designed to plug into your phone jack for those situations where you need an extra physical button such as for taking pictures.

During its original Kickstarter campaign Pressy not only managed to blow past its original $40,000 funding goal, it actually ended at $695,138. If you didn’t pledge for a Pressy back when you had the chance, the add-on button can now be pre-ordered for a rather pricey $27. What if there was a cheaper route? There’s about to be, thanks to Xiaomi.

Xiaomi's MiKey is said to work in basically the same way as Pressy

The popular Chinese handset maker has decided to take a page out of the Pressy team’s book and is offering their own alternative, dubbed MiKey.

Like Pressy, MiKey has several different color choices for the plug’s portable carrying case, though the button itself is simply stainless steel in color. As for the functionality? MiKey is said to work in basically the same way as Pressy, by allowing you to click it a number of times for certain functions like taking a picture, loading up select apps and more. In total, MiKey will support and recognize up to 10 different click combos (short/long, etc).

The real interesting part about MiKey, however, is the price tag. Xiaomi plans to sale the accessory starting on April 8th for 4.9 Yuan (about $.80). The catch is that the accessory likely requires software exclusive to Xiaomi and probably won’t officially be sold outside of China. On the bright side, we wouldn’t be surprised if the MiKey ends up arriving to all the major Chinese importers in due course. While this means the price will be higher than $.80, we imagine it will still significantly undercut the Pressy.

Of course, the MiKey really won’t do you any good if there is no software for it, but perhaps it won’t be long before someone creates a third party app that will play nicely with the accessory.

What do you think, would you be interested in picking up the MiKey if there is a way to use it with a non-Xiaomi device? Are you interested in Pressy but feel the price tag is just too much? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Comments

  • melhiore

    Well, I paid for my pressy and so far nothing happened. Guys took my money and gone… No more updates, no delivery, nothing… Xaiomi offer seem to be interesting…

  • Marcellus1

    Pressy did file a patent application in the U.S., so if and when a patent is granted, it may be hard for Xiaomi or other copycats to sell in the U.S. That said, If these Xiaomi devices are cheap and someone gets them to work with other phones, I may just get some!

  • sxd

    o yea!

  • William Peterson

    Almost just about jumped in the Pressy ship but decided not to at the last moment. If someone finds a away to make this work in the US, I’ll be picking up a few for my girls and myself. Seems like a great concept.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blor.quickclickgold blor

    QuickClick allows you to Start any Action with a
    sequence of Volume Buttons clicks.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blor.quickclickgold

  • cwjuhl

    I purchased one of these Pressy “clones” through a Chinese distributor on eBay. It was rebranded “Klick” but it appears to be identical to the MiKey. It has an app and it works very well. BTW, the “redesigned” Pressy looks identical to the Klick and the MiKey, which makes me wonder who exactly is cloning who. I backed the Pressy kickstarter campaign, but requested (and received) a refund after the delays and discovering that apparently Pressy had decided to either clone or rebrand the MiKey instead of manufacture their original design.

    Someone really needs to investigate the people behind the Pressy kickstarter campaign. There are a number of troubling questions. For instance, they have stated that they have an international patent on the device, but my IP attorney could not find it, and the Pressy founders have refused to provide a PTR number or a date of filing. Also, the company making the “clone” is a well respected Chinese device maker unlikely to blatantly infringe on a PTR, and the “redesigned” Pressy looks exactly like the MiKey and Klick, not the other way around.

  • sim

    this is now available really cheap we are selling it for 4$ including shipping in India , from China i can sell it for 1$ in bulk so Xiaomi got it from pressy and then the guys here around me in Shenzhen took it where they usually take things to assembly line mass production and sell them cheap cheap cheap :)

    http://www.ebay.in/itm/171384363589