Ever, since the physical camera key was removed from most smartphones (and that's one reason I still like Windows Phone - for not removing it but making it a feature), I'm blaming HTC, Samsung & Co for its decision! I still think that physical buttons have their meaning but well, neither the HTC One, nor the Samsung Galaxy S4 have it anymore. However, a new project, which was just started yesterday over at Kickstarter, came to my attention: "Pressy". Pressy, which is described as "the almighty Android button" is said to bring back the simplicity to our phones. It allows to perform your favorite and most common actions with a simple, intuitive physical button. To get started, plug the Pressy Button to the headphone jack, download the free app, and Pressy is ready to go.
Pressy comes with 3 pre-set Actions: One short click to toggle flashlight, one long click to toggle the phone in and out of silent mode, double-click to snap a photo. However, the Pressy Android app also allows to select other, more favorite actions and allows to set different click-combinations for each action. For example it's possible to set Pressy to take a regular photo or to take a discreet photo (with screen off and without sound or flash).
Once the Pressy app is launched, it works as background service. The service monitors the headset-jack into which the Pressy Button is plugged. The application is then activated only when the Pressy Button is clicked, therefore, it does not drain your battery. The application recognizes the specific input and performs the desired Action. The Pressy app is said to work on all Android devices, versions 2.3 and up.
Since Pressy is a Kickstarter project, it's not available today. At the moment, the team behind Pressy, has made many working models and prototypes of the Pressy Button. All prototypes were made using 3D printing and CNC, and manually assembled. In order to take production to the next level, all the money the project raises will help manufacture mass quantity of Pressy buttons and bring the application to the next level and to life within 4 months!
Basically, Pressy is available in two flavors, the Basic Pressy and the Basic Press plus Key Chain which holds the Pressy if the headset jack is used for music playback or hands free telephony; and the funding starts from US$ 17 (for the Basic Pressy) up to US$ 20 (for the Pressy plus Key Chain). Further color options are also available while the early bird offer is already gone.
Pressy requires a funding of US$ 40,000 and at the moment US$ 13,000 are pledged.
UPDATE: In less than 24 hours, Pressy already reached its goal of pledging US$ 40,000 with a current funding of US$ 42.060. This means that the "almighty Android button" should become real and available early 2014. If you are still interested, the funding goes until October 14.
Cheers ~ Arne