As smartphones become more and more streamlined, we’re starting to see fewer physical buttons. But haven’t you ever wanted to be able to open up your camera app and fire off a shot with just one simple click? Now that Pressy, a new third-party Android accessory, has met its Kickstarter goal, you’ll be able to do this, and a whole lot more, right through your phone’s headphone jack.
Pressy is a tiny physical button that fits into your phone’s standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Simply plug it in, download the Pressy companion app, and you can program the button to your heart’s content. Out of the box it comes with three preset actions, allowing you to turn on your phone’s flashlight with one short click, toggle silent mode with a long click, and snap a photo with a double-click.
But it can get a lot more advanced than that if you want it to. For instance, you can program the button to initiate voice recording, change your phone settings, record a phone call or even check-in to social networks with the click (or two) of a button.
The Pressy app is designed to work on all Android devices running version 2.3 and up, which should include nearly every user out there at this point. Since the application is only activated when you click a button, there is no drain on battery life. And if you want to use your headphone jack to, you know, listen to music, you can still do that. Just pop the Pressy out and plug your headphones in. Or you can use a Bluetooth pair and save yourself the hassle.
Pressy sounds like a neat little device, so it’s great that, at the time of this writing, it has already been Kickstarted for over $181,000, far surpassing its $40,000 goal. There are still 45 days to go, and if you want to get in on the action, a $17 pledge will get you the Pressy, while $20 will get you the Pressy and a key chain holster for it. You’ll have to sit tight, though, as the Pressy isn’t expected to ship until March of next year.