Kickstarter project Pressy raises over $500,000

Kickstarter project Pressy raises over $500,000
The next big project from crowd-funded website Kickstarter is Pressy. This is a button that fits into the 3.5mm earphone jack on an Android phone and can be set-up to do a number of things with your handset like toggle Wi-Fi on and off, act as the shutter for the camera, or start an audio recording. Anything your phone can do can be set up to run using Pressy. The very first day, the project received twice the $40,000 it was seeking and is now up to more than $500,000 in funding.

So what will the company do with all of this cash? One thing that has been done is to create a push-to-talk system they call Pressy-to-talk. All you need to do is hold your Pressy button and talk. The other party will hear you and can communicate with you as long as they too have a Pressy button. It is adding PTT capabilities in phones that were not built with such hardware.

Expected to come to market in March 2014, here is another example of innovation that might never have been able to get off the ground without Kickstarter and its legion of backers. The lowest price funding option still remaining that comes with a Pressy is $17, which includes a Pressy and free access to the corresponding app.


source: Pressy, Kickstarter, Gizmodo via Phandroid

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20 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's very big amount, great.

2. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Woooohooo! That's some great funding they got. Idea is pretty good too.

3. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1244; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

good luck Pressy team...

4. Vireak unregistered

More unnecessary gimmicks.

5. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Selfish guy. Ask farmers who live in areas without coverage how PTT is not a gimmick.

14. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Um.. if you have no coverage, how are you going to talk at all? or are you saying for farmers with no PTT coverage on current networks?

16. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Ok sorry didn't make that clear enough. PTT over Cellular is different from the true PTT. PTT over cellular uses 2.5G/3G networks to make the communication possible. But the PTT I'm talking about is like a walkie-talkie function (uses matching frequencies between the two devices). Having this walkie-talkie function is helpful specially in areas where it's possible for you to get trapped (cave), car got pot-holed (foresty area), etc.

18. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

If I recall there is a Nokia phone that you can use it as a walkie-talkie, the 6170 if I'm not wrong.

6. taikucing unregistered

not a gimmick. It's useful. Imagine if you want to make a call, you just need to press the button. Quick & easy, isn't it?

8. omacmagic

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

How is this an unnecessary gimmick? Right now my power button is giving trouble on my nexus 4 I can simply use this to replace my power button.

10. Vireak unregistered

Really? Is a Nexus 4 a good phone?

12. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Yes. I own one, it's the best phone I've purchased to date.

19. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

The best phone I've got since the Galaxy S2, just get a cover since it's slippery as hell. I'm not planning to change it until de Nexus 5 is released and only if the price is acceptable.

7. Vireak unregistered

I'm not selfish. I don't know much about this tech stuff. So, you buy a phone so you can plug this thing in there to make calls? What's the phone for?

11. taikucing unregistered

Seems like you missed a news a few weeks ago.http://pressybutton.com/

13. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Ok to put it simply. Pressy gives additional functionalities for your phone. You can set it to activate different tasks upon pressing the button. samples: Let's say you want to record a conversation while the phone is in your bag/pocket (undercover work lol), set the button to activate the voice recorder when pressed. You can use it to quick launch your camera (if your phone doesn't support it).

9. Vireak unregistered

...also, I think they could've called it "Pushy" (with only one 's', of course) since it's a push-to-talk thingie.

15. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This reminds me of the button I had on the side of my blackberry that I could program to do various functions. It was ok, but I don't think I ever really used it.

17. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

I wish dedicated camera buttons would make a come back. I hate using the screen to activate the shutter. At least this is a partial solution

20. Legnaldo

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I backed the kickstarter green edition when this was just starting to get traction. Its a great bit of added functionality for a part of the phone that doesn't get much use from me (I use bluetooth for almost all my audio needs). Im excited to see how this innovative little product matures.

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