The physical buttons on our smartphones are usually the volume rocks, a mute switch, power button, and a home button for certain models. However if you wish there were more buttons on your phone to allow you access to features without having to go through the process of unlocking your phone, you’re in luck.
A Kickstarter project for the Air Button has been launched, basically giving users the option of adding either one or two customizable buttons to their Android phone. The Air Button will rely on NFC connectivity to pair with your smartphone, so if your Android device does not have the technology, you’d be out of luck.
As for its functionality, it’s pretty standard. You can use it to answer calls, forward a call, adjust screen brightness, snooze an alarm, set your phone to silent mode, control music, toggle WiFi or cellular data, enable audio recording, and more. Its creators claim that users can also chain actions together.
For example if you’re going to the gym, pressing the button can allow you to launch a fitness tracking app, turn your phone to silent or DND mode, and launch the music player all in a single press. It’s a good idea but definitely not the first of its kind. Previously we had seen similar accessories like the Dimple and Pressy, but if you’d like to contribute to this project all the same, head on over to Kickstarter for the details.