About this project
We would like to thank all our backers who made Pressy a reality! Our Kickstarter campaign is over, but you can still pre-order yours on our website.
Touchscreens are amazing, but when you just want to turn on your flashlight, take a quick photo or send your location, simple actions can become a bit of a hassle.
Without Pressy, if you just want to turn your flashlight ON you need to:
Wake your screen -> Unlock it -> Exit your current running app -> Search for the app you want to use -> Launch it -> And finally, perform your desired Action.
This “simple” process requires 5-7 different Actions and takes more than 8 seconds! Additionally, you must maintain eye contact with your screen throughout the entire process.
Don't believe us? try and beat that time yourself!
But what if you want to perform an action quickly and without having to deal with or look at the device?
Pressy lets you perform any Action on your smartphone by using the most intuitive input – clicking a button – Saving you time and effort! Pressy is a tiny physical button that connects to your phone through the headphone jack.
Connecting the Pressy Button with the free Pressy app lets you easily customize and use your favorite, everyday actions. For example, if you use your flashlight on regular basis, set a Click-combination the app for turning on your flashlight and start clicking the Button!
Getting started using Pressy couldn’t be any easier. Plug the Pressy Button to the headphone jack, download the free app, and you’re good to go. Click the Pressy button and see your phone’s flashlight turn on. Click it again and it turns off. As simple as that.
Pressy comes with 3 pre-set Actions, but once you get the hang of things you can customize clicking behavior and trigger dozens of different actions.
Quality assurance is very important to us. Boaz is going to accompany the production process right from the start and we are going to test each button on several devices. We designed a device that tests the button mechanically and electronically to make sure each and every product is intact. We plan to begin production as soon as we reach our goal so we can deliver as soon as possible. With your help it can be in less than 4 months!
Pressy is in the News! Check out a few of the website Pressy was featured in:
Pressy comes with three awesome, out-of-the box default actions so you can immediately start having fun with it, even if you aren't a tech-geek like us!
• One short Click to toggle your flashlight
• One long Click to toggle your phone in and out of silent mode
• Double-Click to snap a photo
Just plug in Pressy, download the free app and start clicking!
Got the hang of it? Let’s start having even more fun!
Pressy is not just a one-trick-pony. The Pressy app allows you to select your favorite Actions and set different Click-combinations for each Action.
Here are some examples:
Pressy also allows you to customize the settings of each Action.
For example, you can set Pressy to take a regular photo or to take a discreet photo (with your screen off and without sound or flash).
How to Set an Action:
For us Geeks, let’s go crazy!
If you are a developer, Pressy has 3 ways to create your very own Action:
1. Develop an app or a service and utilize the Pressy button to launch it with your desired parameters.
2. Initiate 3rd Party apps, like a specific task in Tasker or AutomateIt.
3. Embed Pressy in your own app to perform your specific in-app actions (using Pressy’s API – free for Kickstarter Backers!). For example, use the Pressy button as a game controller, PTT button or any other usage.
Further tips, instructions, Q&A, and social sharing of Actions will be available on www.PressyButton.com.
How Does it Work ?
Once you launch the Pressy app, you activate a background service. The service monitors the headset-jack into which the Pressy Button is plugged. The application is then activated only when the Pressy Button is clicked, therefore, it does not drain your battery. The application recognizes the specific input and preforms the desired Action. The Pressy app works on all Android devices, versions 2.3 and up.
Where do We Stand
At the moment we have many working models and prototypes of the Pressy Button. All prototypes were made using 3D printing and CNC, and manually assembled by us. In order to take production to the next level, we have already contacted all the suppliers and manufacturers we need. We got the best price offers in order to make Pressy affordable for everyone. Production costs per item are relatively reasonable, but the molds and minimum order quantity make it really difficult to carry out with our own funds.
Here is where you guys can truly help. All the money we raise will help us manufacture mass quantity of Pressy buttons and bring the application to the next level. Your help will bring Pressy to life within 4 months!
The Pressy Story
As we said in the video, smartphones are really awesome! But, if you need to spend about 10 seconds and perform 5-7 actions in order to “simply” do something on your phone …. Well, in the words of Seth Godin, “It’s broken!”
This is exactly how the Pressy project was born. We want to give you a new, simple and intuitive way to preform everyday actions on your smartphone with a quick and simple click of a button.
Of course the pledges are important and we could not continue without them, but we also want to hear what you guys think about our product. Don’t be shy! Feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or ideas you may have. We will be grateful for any feedback and will do our best to answer any message as soon as we can.
What’s next?During the last 4 months, we were working around the clock designing and building the prototypes, during this time we also contacted dozens of manufacturers, got pricing offers and more importantly, production plans. After choosing some of them each manufacturer was examined carefully by us, and we started discussing specific details including the molds and tooling costs, specifying materials, manufacturing schedules, assembly and packaging options... Now, we have everything we need to make Pressy a perfected product.
Risks and challenges
Fortunately the Pressy button is relatively simple.
We had two big challenges:
The first was to make the button small and fun to use. We've spent tons of hours in Boaz’s workshop testing dozens of different prototypes, some were made by us and some were ordered from other manufacturers. Finally, we found the best one and started working on the manufacturing plan.
The second challenge was connecting the button inputs to the app. The protocol we are using is very simple but some of the actions we wanted to preform were hard to program. We didn’t give up and after a few months of programing and QA, all the features we presented work prefect!
We are proud of the stage we are in, everything works, and with your help Pressy can see light in 4 months or less!
Simply pick your desired rewards and add $5 to the cost, that’ll do!
We are not releasing an iOS or Windows Mobile app for Pressy. There are too many restrictions on the API. We hope our developers community builds an app compatible with iOS.
You can set 14 different click combinations.
In an addition, you can add a time dependency. For example, one long click can navigate you to work in the morning. In the evening, the same combination will take you home. You may also set a completely different action for this combination if you’d like.
Also, the click combinations work in the context your are using your device. For example, if you are receiving a phone call, one click will answer the phone and put it on speaker. At the same token, one click can also activate your navigation, if your phone is not ringing.
Does the screen need to be turned on before Pressy can be used or can it function during locked or standby mode?
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.
Yes, Pressy does not block your audio.
Yes. Pressy can be set as a volume button, the home screen button or any other.
Yes. Pressy is designed to fit in any standard case, and is just as wide as any headphone jack at a diameter of 4.5 mm.
The final Pressy product will extend out 0.7 - 1 mm, which suits any of the popular cases available today.
While developing Pressy, we've tested it with multiple cases to assure easy operation.
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