The Ubuntu Edge may have failed to meet its lofty crowd-funding goals, but the Kickstarted product route is still alive and well. Pressy, a smartphone accessory described by its creators as the “almighty Android button,” quickly hit its $40,000 goal, raising $60,000 in its first day. With 45 days left to go, Pressy has already raised over $200,000.
Pressy is all about one simple but pretty genius idea: adding a physical button to your smartphone. The small accessory slides right into your headphone jack and lets you control any handset running Android 2.3 and up, letting you activate different functions by simply clicking the button. Using the app, you can assign different actions to different button sequences, instantly turning on your flashlight, taking a picture or doing pretty much anything else you phone can do. Pressy also offers an API so developers can use the button within their own apps, and comes with a keychain holster for when you want to use your headphone jack for your actual headphones.
An early backer special quickly sold out on Kickstarter, but you can still claim your own Pressy for just $17. For a little more you can get a colored button, a keychain holster or both. Check out this hilarious promotional video below for more info.