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Move over Pressy, Dimple adds 4 physical buttons using NFC
After the initial success of Pressy and the arrival of clones like the MiKey, it has become clear that there is a demand for customizable physical buttons. While Pressy and MiKey both use your phone jack to bring an extra physical button to your handset, the Dimple takes a very different approach.
The Dimple is a unique NFC sticker that includes four buttons that can be programmed to perform a variety of different tasks
The Dimple is a unique NFC sticker that includes four
buttons dimples that can be programmed to perform a variety of different tasks including taking pictures, turning on your camera’s flash, opening specific apps and so much more. What makes the Dimple stand out from solutions like Pressy is that you don’t have to sacrifice anything to use it, as the Dimple’s creators say that NFC will continue to work with other devices even when this accessory is attached. This is in contrast to the Pressy, which blocks your headphone jack when in use.
On the downside, the Dimple doesn’t work with all NFC devices, though its creators say almost all NFC smartphones should work just fine, with the exception of the HTC One M7 and M8. The reason for this incompatibility is that the antenna location on these metal phones apparently will not play nicely with the Dimple.
So how do you get your hands on the Dimple? Right now, it’s not actually commercially avaliable, though the good news is that it will launch its official IndieGogo campaign on May 6th, with plans to ship the Dimple by August of 2014.
The Dimple is far along in development and the startup has already produced the first experimental mass production batch of 250 Dimples. So what will your funds do for the company? According to the Dimple team, the IndieGogo funds will be used to further refine the already existing software as well as prepare the product for full-scale production.
When the Dimple’s IndieGogo campaign kicks off next month, backers will be able to secure a Dimple for $26.99, with a planned retail cost of $28.99. For more details on the project, you’ll want to head on over to the Dimple’s official website.
What do you think, like the idea of a programmable NFC button? How do you feel this compares to Pressy?