Air Button provides useful shortcuts to NFC-enabled telephones
The thought of customizable add-on buttons for smartphones is not precisely new. First we had Pressy (which was shortly cloned by Xiaomi and others), then the Dimple NFC button pad got here alongside. So what’s subsequent? Properly, a Hong Kong startup thinks Dimple has area for enchancment, which leads us to the Air Button. Because the identify suggests, that is yet one more battery-much less button that additionally makes use of — and with out interfering with — NFC on the again of many Android units, besides it does not have a reminiscence limitation because the instructions are saved within the app, so you possibly can assign actually as many actions and apps as you need. For example, you’ll be able to set it to be an emergency button that toggles an audio alert, a flashlight and a telephone name on the similar time. Or you possibly can have a sports activities mode button that begins enjoying music in addition to launching your most popular health app.
Different features embrace Fb verify-in, free reminiscence, report audio, take photograph (can select both the entrance or again digital camera), take video, open URL, toggle name forwarding and lots of extra. Higher but, Air Button already works with Philips Hue, so you should use it to shortly toggle your related lights. Oswis Wong, the creator of Air Button, added that he is already been in contact with a couple of different related family gadget makers, so you’ll be able to anticipate help for extra manufacturers within the close to future.
The Air Button is available in two flavors: a single button model (25 mm x 25 mm; from $15) and a twin button model (30 mm x 18 mm; from $19). I appreciated the reassuring click on on each, although I might undoubtedly choose having two buttons as an alternative of only one. Want extra? Fret not, because the app helps a number of Air Button pads on one system. You must have the ability to stick as much as three of those on most Android telephones with NFC, relying on how a lot free area you’ve gotten on the again. Simply be careful for telephones such because the HTC One M7, M8, M9 and Huawei Mate S that may’t accommodate even a single Air Button because of the nature of their NFC antenna.
For many who have an interest, you possibly can head over to Kickstarter to put your order earlier than the marketing campaign ends in three days. Wong even promised a supply earlier than the vacations, which is sweet information for many who are considering of getting an affordable and cheerful current on your least favourite sibling.