Monday, September 2, 2013

Pressy: extra-button for Android-powered smartphones - BBC News

The site “social investment” Kickstarter began raising money for the extra physical button for Android-based smartphones. Pressy looks like a 3.5mm connector that plugs into the headphone jack. From the body of the smartphone extra-key speaker at 0.7 mm.

Pressy, which is programmed with a special program that provides quick access to relevant features of the operating system. By clicking on it, you can, for example, turn on the flashlight, tape recorder, or Wi-Fi, close all applications, take a photo and upload it to a social network to call a specific number, etc.

Furthermore, Pressy supports various combinations. For example, one short press “tie” opening the calendar, and on the two long – scheduled to run clock. The device is compatible with Android-smartphone version 2.3 or higher. iOS because of the restrictions imposed by Apple, is not supported.

Another important part of the project – an open API, which allows application developers to extend the functionality of the button. This feature finds application for example in games.

To date, the creators of Pressy attracted almost 390,000 dollars, while for the start of the production of “smart” button, they needed 40,000. The project is supported by more than 15,000 people. For one extra key developers ask for $ 17. Together with a key ring, it will cost $ 20. Funding Pressy will last until October 14.

Source: Gizmag

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