I’m not a big fan of Kickstarter. I’m not sure why, but it’s probably a matter of trust. There’s something about pledging money to strangers that doesn’t feel quite right. However, when I saw this post on GigaOM for Pressy, the Almighty Android Button, I couldn’t resist.
According to the Kickstarter page
Pressy brings back simplicity to your phone. Perform your favorite and most common actions with a simple, intuitive physical button.
There was something about the simplicity, yet power, of the product that made me decide to go for it. It also helped that it looked as though it was selling pretty fast, and I’ve heard that popular Kickstarter projects can sell out, so I decided to jump in. At $17 for a button that plugs in to your headphone jack, it’s a pretty low risk gamble to take if it doesn’t come to fruition, or if doesn’t work great.
The possibilities for the button are seemingly endless. It comes with three actions pre-programmed: a single click to toggle your flashlight, one long click to toggle silent mode, and a double click to take a photo. With the included app, you can change the pre-programmed functions or assign your own which sounds pretty cool.
Pressy is slated to be available in four months or so. As of the date of this post, they’ve already raised $332,730 that’s way past their stated goal of $45,000. I’m looking forward to trying it out.