Aug 30 AT 9:31 AM Nick Gray 21 Comments

Pressy, the “almighty Android button,” meets Kickstarter goal in a single day

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Most Kickstarter campaigns we share have lofty goals of raising outlandish sums of money to create a smartwatch or even a dual-booting phone. This time around, we’d like to introduce you to Pressy, a cheap Android accessory that turns your headphone jack into a programmable button. While most of the fun with Kickstarter campaigns lies in the fact that you don’t know if the product will achieve full funding, Pressy has decided to steal all the fun away from us by shattering its $40,000 goal. The project raised $60,000 in the first day alone.

So, why all the excitement? As we mentioned above, Pressy plugs into your headphone jack on your phone, allowing you to “perform your favorite and most common actions with a simple, intuitive physical button.” The free Pressy application allows you to configure custom actions based on a variety of button press sequences. With Pressy, you could launch your camera and take a picture with two short presses of the button, or call your wife with one sort press and two long presses. If you’re an avid user of headphones, fear not. The Pressy app can also be used with the in-line button on your headphones.

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Many of the “early bird” Kickstarter deals for Pressy are already sold out, but you can still grab one for as little as $17, or $20 if you want the convenient key chain holder as well. With funding in place, the Pressy team should have no issues getting the product manufactured in the 4 month time-frame they have set for themselves.

What Pressy actions will you be setting up on your phone with the “almighty Android button?”

Source: Kickstarter

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Already backed them this morning.

    • Danielle

      Thanks for backing Pressy. Feel free to share the love!

  • GE918

    Interesting!

  • epps720

    This thing looks awesome with tons of potential. The only question would be how easily does the button press in and will it constantly go off in my pocket.

    • Danielle

      Hey epps720 – Thanks for the warm feedback and support. The button easily presses down, less than a millimeter – much like your standard volume button on your device. When the Pressy Button is plugged in, it is secure so that it won’t unplug and get lost in your pocket. Hope that helps!

  • Thomas Biard

    I’m probably going to jump on this. Its pretty brilliant. Well done for these guys. Hopefully what they deliver is exactly what they are promising, because it appears to be a great product.

    • Danielle

      Thanks, Thomas! We appreciate your support!

  • sandwich

    So, 13.5 hours later, and the project backing has jumped from $60k to $250k.

    Manufacturers, you paying attention?

  • http://nickvettesephotography.com Nicholas Vettese

    I backed them as well. I hope that the $25 option is a good one.

  • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com pryvateid

    I backed them too. I got the blue one, with the custom blue keychain holder. lol

  • flo

    I’ll wait and get one for 1 $, after everybody found out it’s totally useless, just to make the experience

  • jon

    40 000 USD for this ??

    lol that’s easy money right ????

  • gerald

    they already have 300 000 $ i don’t understand why ppl give money at that point ,

    imagine if your neighbor makes a local crowd funding for buying a cheap car for his son or whatever ( say 5000$ ) , why would you give him 100 000$ so he can buy a mercedes ??

    • bentrigg

      People continue to back the project because they want to preorder the product.

  • keery

    5000 ppl gave between 20 and 25
    total 9000 gave more than 20 USD$

    but the product cost is not more than 5$

    like this
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5mm-Female-to-6-35mm-Male-Audio-Jack-Adapter-Brand-New-/111134964167?pt=UK_MP3_Player_Accessories_Cables_Adapters&hash=item19e028f9c7

    • Mario

      That item you linked to is a jack adaptor, totally not the same item. Can the ebay item you listed interact with an app on the phone and make the phone perform actions? If the answer is No then they don’t compare.

  • ninja_robots

    Backed it. “While most of the fun with Kickstarter campaigns lies in the fact that you don’t know if the product will achieve full funding,” nicely said. :)

  • billy webb

    If it works with the button on the head phones wouldnt it be free to just download the ap and use it with the button on your head phones?

  • Ronen

    Very nice, but the hardware extra is completely redundant… There are apps that do that with the power button of the device: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.incrediapp.press.it.macro.creator.time.saver

  • donger

    This is useful.

  • Sub

    I am really curious though there is one thing that I keep wondering, is it possible to prevent activating programmed shortcuts unknowingly from your pocket?