Dimple.IO uses NFC to add four buttons to your smartphone

April 29, 2014
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Dimple is a new concept being shown that can add four buttons to an Android device equipped with NFC. We'll call this a concept for now as the company has yet to begin shipping. For now the company has plans to launch a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo and are hoping to begin shipping in the beginning of August.

Having said that, the idea is both simple and interesting. Dimple is an NFC tag that attaches to your smartphone. These tags have four buttons and each of them can be programmed to do a specific task. A few use case examples including launching an app, calling someone, or even activating the flashlight.

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Of course, you could also get a bit more creative and use Dimple to control your music, as a camera shutter button, or to quickly change some settings. Dimple will also have Tasker integration for those wanting to get extra nerdy. Otherwise, as these are simple NFC tags -- there isn't any battery life to worry about. They are also on the thin side measuring in at just 0.5mm thick.

As with other NFC tags, you will want to watch the case you have as some will restrict the use, but the folks at Dimple estimate there to be around 800 compatible devices. Anyway, the Indiegogo campaign is expected to launch on May 6th and Dimple will be available with pledge levels beginning at $26.99 for initial backers.

VIA: ubergizmo

SOURCE: Dimple


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  • http://dimple.io Richard Skrubis

    Hi,

    Pledge levels will begin with 15$ :)

    Richard, CEO of DIMPLE Inc.

  • boonesimpson

    Yeah the creator was on reddit the other day, looks really cool.

    Wish they would make a glow in the dark version, that would be cool.

    • http://dimple.io Richard Skrubis

      Noted. :)

      • boonesimpson

        Figured I’d be able to find you here :)

  • Max Fireman

    What a genius idea.

  • Tim Box

    One of the few new ideas I think is actually innovative.

    • John

      No. This idea CANNOT be considered innovative until apple copies it and improves it slightly then sues someone else over it.

      • Rustynutz

        Oh my god, YES!

      • Liaw Kim Poh

        haha

  • Kim Thomas

    I love this idea! I will definitely be pledging to help out! I want one!

  • Alex Kyle

    it looks like plastering the phone… hahaha
    But I love it tho

  • Anthony S Jennings

    Apple lead the way in creating mobile phones virtually devoid of buttons. Android handset makers quickly followed suit. And now Dimple brings buttons right back.

    A full circle moment.