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#1 AJerman

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 17:56

Not sure how many of you have seen this yet, but this is one of my favorite new Kickstarter projects. I did a quick search and didn't see it posted or mentioned here before, so I figured I'd share.

 

http://www.kickstart...-android-button

 

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Pressy is a button that plugs into your 3.5mm audio jack and allows you to assign any number of actions to button presses, and combinations of long and short button presses. Paired with something like Tasker, the possibilities are endless.

 

In my plans to permanently mount a Nexus 7 in place of a head unit in my car, button relocation became a bit of a challenge, or at least, something to think about. Sure, I'm already going to be pulling apart some of the Nexus for the install and I could take apart the current buttons and solder in some wire to extend them, but that's a bit of a pain in the ass, and it involves mutilating the tablet a little more than I was hoping I'd have to (right now I just plan to relocate the USB/headphone jack board and that's about it. USB ROM gives me volume on the screen, so that's taken care of, but the power button remains hidden. With Pressy I'll be able to turn on and off the screen as I so desire (in case it gets a little bright at night or something), as well as do countless other useful tasks like launching my music player or GPS without taking my eyes off the road and having to look for the icons.

 

There are all kinds of other cool uses like making it a camera button, answering calls, replacing a broken button, whatever you can think of. Hopefully I don't sound like too much of a sales pitch, but I was already interested in the ability to add a programmable physical button, but then today I started thinking about how to integrate it into my N7 head unit project, and I got even more excited over it. The price is definitely right for what it can do, so check out the kickstarter page for more info and pics.

 

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#2 +warwagon

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 17:58

Interesting.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 17:59

I got in on this when it launched. I can't wait 



#4 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 18:11

Christ, what about my listening pleasure?!?!?! Can't live without music in my phone!



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 19:01

Christ, what about my listening pleasure?!?!?! Can't live without music in my phone!

Unplug Pressy, plug in headphones



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 19:10

Unplug Pressy, plug in headphones

too  much effort



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 19:17

Christ, what about my listening pleasure?!?!?! Can't live without music in my phone!

 

 

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#8 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 19:21

Unplug Pressy, plug in headphones

 

Um that would mean first unplugging my IEMS :p so no

too  much effort

x1,000,000.000

 

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 19:22

Um that would mean first unplugging my IEMS :p so no

x1,000,000.000

 

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#10 OP AJerman

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 19:40

Christ, what about my listening pleasure?!?!?! Can't live without music in my phone!

Bluetooth?



#11 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 20:12

Bluetooth?

IEMs over bluetooth? You crazzy nigga!



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 20:19

IEMs over bluetooth? You crazzy << racial epithet >>!

I didn't read the IEM part. :laugh:

 

I would like to get a pair of aptX bluetooth headphones for work though. I'm always rolling around to my different servers and running over my headphone cord.



#13 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 20:21

I didn't read the IEM part. :laugh:

 

I would like to get a pair of aptX bluetooth headphones for work though. I'm always rolling around to my different servers and running over my headphone cord.

+1  

But my coworkers are bitches so... meh.

 

Anyway back on topic, I see how this could be useful, however using the 3.5mm is a no go for me.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 20:21

Thanks for sharing. 

Did the $20 with the keychain. Awesome idea no doubt.

The one and only thing I am very curious about is, what will happen if your phone is locked?

EDIT - and their FAQ answered it. Keeping my pledge...

 

Your devices screen does not have to be turned on before using Pressy. Pressy works when your phone is in standby mode. 
Also, you can assign Pressy to work even when your device is locked. The Pressy app will have adjustable security settings for every action.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:27

This sounds like an extended version of the LG Optimus G Pro / L7 II Quick Button, which can be programmed to start apps, and with some activate a function. With the camera app it serves as the shutter release. Quick Button is on the top/left corner, around the corner from the headphone socket.

Might want to port your s/w to support QB.