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Xiaomi’s New Plug-In button Looks a lot like Pressy

April 2, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Many of you may remember that Kickstarter project Pressy from not too long ago. Basically what Pressy was doing was creating a plug-in button that fits inside your headphone jack and is a button. So you could use it as a shutter button for taking pictures and many other things. As expected, their kickstarter gained a ton of attention and more than surpassed their goal.

Today, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced their own little Plug-in Button, which they are asking us to name. It looks a lot like Pressy, and even relatively the same functionality. Xiaomi’s button can also be programmed to do a number of different tasks, as expected. It’s a pretty interesting device, especially looking at the price. According to Xiaomi it’s due to launch on April 8th for about 4.9 Yuan which works out to about $0.79 USD. So it’s definitely not going to break the bank. Compared to Pressy which was available for $27 on pre-order. That’s quite a difference, but also the difference between a smartphone OEM and a startup.

One of Xiaomi’s Vice-President’s, and former Googler, Hugo Barra took to Google+ to announce this new plug-in button and also is inviting people to suggest names for the device for when it launches in the US. Of course, that may not have been a good idea since he’s getting a lot of nasty comments from Pressy fans. It’ll be interesting to see what it’s named when it does launch in the US, and also if Pressy has anything to say about this from Xiaomi. Of course, if they haven’t patented it there’s not much for Pressy to say about it.

Are any of you interested in a plug-in button for your headphone jack? I think it’s a pretty neat concept and would like to check it out, not sure I’ll like it, but it’s definitely interesting.