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Pressy transforms your smartphone's headphone jack into a button

By Shawn Knight
Aug 29, 2013
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  1. Wish your Android smartphone had another physical button that could be used as a shortcut to launch an app, take a photo or check in to social networks? A new Kickstarter campaign is peddling just that – a smartphone accessory...

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,392   +107

    Will this work on my Motorola Razz Max. Looks like it was tested on Samsung S#.
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    Didn't know a phone might need a tampon...
     
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,390   +329

    Oops... misread pressy haha anyway this looks pretty cool...
     
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  5. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    An extra button on a touchscreen device.. I think some people would kickstart a waterproof teabag..
     
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  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,390   +329

    Thanks for the idea .... brb gonna do a new kickstart project "The worlds first waterproof teabag reusable because its waterproof so its always full of tea!" LOL
     
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    A physical "programmable button" that allows Immediate access to a feature or function that I use all the time without having to turn the screen on, unlock my phone, and fiddle with menus to get to it? FOR SHAME, such convenience is unbecoming of the 21st century.
     
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    The article says "Your Android smartphone", and "Running Android 2.3 or higher".
     
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    There were no examples given of functions accessible while your screen is off, or at the lock screen. Don't start arguing it as if it's official just yet.
     
  10. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    I like this... at least you have an option if the power/lock button worn out. It could be a great camera button too :p
     
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  11. @ hahahanoobs: You probably should have read the kickstarter page before commenting. It says you can use it as a discrete camera (screen off, no flash). :/
     
  12. Hahahanoobs: The kickstarter pages says you can use it as a discrete camera (screen off, no flash).
     
  13. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    From the Kickstarter page, right before "How to Set an Action":
    It is also heavily implied that having to turn on your screen is one of the necessary steps they wish to remove for actions that don't actually require it. In the comments someone says that working without the screen needing to be on has been confirmed, but I've sent a comment/question to the creators to be double sure that I did not make any assumptions in that matter.

    As to whether or not it will work with a lock screen enabled: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/556341540/pressy-the-almighty-android-button/comments?cursor=4108151#comment-4108150 (half way through the comment by the creator)

    Overall, I think my comment is fairly reasonable and not jumping to conclusions. =)
     
  14. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432


    Touche.
     
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,490   +2,040

    This is a good idea. I can see it selling like hotcakes when released.
     
  16. It also seems to be a flush plug. I will also keep your headphone jack clean of dirt and moisture.
     
  17. The real question is how do you get the plug out if you don't want it anymore?
     
  18. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    A
    Apparently while it is more or less flush against the casing for most if not all phones, there still is just enough of the device protruding out that you can get a hold of and pop it out with your fingernails. At least that's what they said and what it looks like to me.
     

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