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You Know What Your Android Device Needs? More Physical Buttons

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Meet Pressy. Pressy is an extra physical button that inserts into the audio jack of your Android device and magically adds a bunch of extra functionality. While touchscreens have revolutionized cellphones over the last 5 to 6 years, there’s no denying that real, hard buttons still have their place. Just think of the volume rockers, or mute toggles on your current devices. Why should your expensive device be limited by the visions of designers guided mostly by a profit-maximising aesthetic? Pressy is brilliant because it’s customizable. Through its related application you can set it to, say, call your mom on two quick presses, or launch a particular application after a long-short combo, or take a picture after two short ones, or even turn the flashlight on after one really long press. You decide how you use Pressy.

The Pressy app is solid as it is, but with the API being open to developers, the button has the potential to add even more dimension to other programs. Games could use it, for example.

Currently undergoing funding on Kickstarter, the project has already exceeded its goal almost tenfold. $17 will get you your own, with a March 2014 expected deliver date.

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Tic Button Fasteners Help Out In A Pinch

Hey so uh, those darn buttons, eh? Ever had to throw a shirt because a button fell off and you’re useless with a thread and needle? I have. Loved that shirt, too. But I was young, and stupid and didn’t want to ask anyone for help, so off to to goodwill it went. But I think I might have been ok with using a Tic button instead. It’s this little kit that helps you mend a fallen button with no needle or thread. Just “1) Take one tic and pinch the spiky end through the shirt fabric, 2) Place the button on the spikes and close, and 3) Hold the button, and rotate the clip until it falls off.” Sounds simple enough. We’re not sure how durable the button is, but at $8 for a 4-pack, even if it’s a temporary fix, it’s a decent deal.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

Button 2.0: Genius Or Stupid?

Why re-invent the wheel, right? Well, we’re not sure, but we sort of want to like the above Button 2.0. It’s a lowly button, unchanged in millennia, only this time it’s been “re-engineered” for the 21st century: it now sports a groove on its side that allows it to fasten an earbud cable, preventing it from swinging around.

At the same time, we’re thinking that it seems to be trying too hard. Is it really solving any kind of problem? By adding $3 to any garment, is it worth it?

We… just don’t know how to feel about it. Maybe you guys can opine? In any case, Button 2.0 seems to be the latest example of a thriving 3D printing market, where objects are now available for purchase at the whim of anyone with an idea and some time to develop a simple 3D model. Whether this is good or not remains to be seen, though we suspect that consumer interest will eventually settle the marketplace and weed out the losers from the winners.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]