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Add 3 programmable hardware buttons to your Android phone

on May 15, 2014 10:05 am

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Back in the day, the most important feature of any mobile phone was its buttons. Now that we have touch screens, physical buttons have all but disappeared. If you are like me and wish your phone had a real buttons that you could press to do tasks like send a quick text, call a specific contact, control your music and more, you might be interested a new Kickstarter project for the Cliq. Available in a protective case or or a thin skin, the Cliq uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to add 3 physical buttons to the back of your Android smartphone. Using the free app, each button can be customized to add a command to a short or long click of each button. The Cliq case and skins are currently only designed for Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, Moto X, LG G2 and the Google Nexus 5 Android smartphones. The crowdfunding project is seeking $40,000 in funding. Pledges start at $20 and go up to $30 for one case or one skin in your choice of 5 colors. For more info visit justcliq.com or Kickstarter to pledge. If the Cliq project is fully funded, the cases are scheduled for shipping in August of this year.

Comments

  1. 1
    John Doe says:

    It’s kind of funny how they state that:

    “The technology inside is pretty clever, but once seen, copycats will follow. We really want our backers to be the first to use a case like this, so we’re trying to protect our IP. ”

    But are the copycats themselves, as the dimple has been around for much longer.
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dimple-io-your-own-custom-android-buttons/

    “We are happy to provide as many demo’s of the product as necessary to answer questions you may have!”

    Yet they don’t have any functional demo except a shady post-production clickity-clack sounds. Screw these copy cats!

  2. 2
    Cliq Cases says:

    Hi John,

    Didn’t you leave exactly the same comment on Gadget Sin with a different name? You must be from Dimple, I guess?! And you must have too much time on your hands.

    This is Bobur here from Cliq Cases. I don’t hide behind fake names. Anyway, I want to answer your points as they are relevant to the readers of The Gadgeteer and our backers.

    1) We are not copycats. Dimple was one week ahead of us in their launch, so it would have been literally impossible to copy and launch in one week. We’ve been working hard on Cliq for the last few months. Unfortunately, this is simply a situation where two teams were working on a similar idea.

    2) Demo’s. You can see a detailed demo of our product in the second video on our Kickstarter page.

    Please do not spam good blogs like this. Competition is good, but we must not compete in an immature way.

    Thank you,

    Bobur

  3. 3
    wibble says:

    It’s sad when companies go down the rather pathetic route of trying to discredit each other like this.

    Competition breeds innovation, which is better for everybody.

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