Dimple’s NFC sticker brings customizable buttons to Android devices

Ian Hardy

April 29, 2014 10:51 am


Update: Dimple is now live on IndieGogo and it seems they are off to a good start. The first few hours has them reaching 70% of their funding goal. Check them out here at Indiegogo.


Dimple is a pretty cool idea that brings physical buttons to your Android device. The idea is that this sticker get placed on the front or back of your Android (OS 4.0 or higher) and uses NFC to act as a conduit to connect your favourite apps. In total there are 4 buttons that can be customized and to make it work you’ll have to download the associated app via Google Play (this is a much better way than other manufacturers NFC tags).

As for specs, Dimple states on their site that this will work on any Android device that is not metal – so not the HTC One M7 or One M8 — and can also be attached to a case. In addition, “tests have concluded that each button can withstand about 2 million clicks, and you can reassign the functionality of around 100,000 times before the button memory wears out.” Dimple will be launching their Indiegogo campaign on May 6th and will cost $15 for early adopters.

Source: Dimple
Via: Gizmodo

  • arj_85

    This is wicked…such a great idea executed with brilliance.

  • nekkidtruth

    Excellent innovation.

    • Bri Bru

      greatest innovation since active notification

  • craig0r

    I wonder why it won’t work with metal phones. My HTC One M8 works fine with other NFC devices (pairing headphones, Android Beam)

    • Danny Campbell

      My guess is that it uses NFC for it’s power as well, and metal phones aren’t capable of transmitting power through NFC. Same reason we can’t have wireless chargers on the One

    • craig0r

      Ah cool. I didn’t even know power over NFC was a thing.

    • Labrat

      Ya, I guess the dimples would have to be ON the camera since the white plastic band around it is where the NFC induction coupling “flows” through the body of the phone.

      Oh and Wireless power doesn’t use NFC, but it does use induction coupling so is subject to same limitations as Wireless charging.

    • Danny Campbell

      Ah, thanks for the correction. I had just assumed

  • Acer12345

    Also kudos to them for not selling it at an outrageous price, I’ll definitely look at getting one.

    • Matthew Pringle

      It starts at $25.. How is that not outrageous?

  • Joel

    So after 2 million clicks it just stops working?

    • Max Fireman

      Self destructs

    • Noah Roesler

      Free grenade with every purchase! Buy one now!

  • milagroful

    Definitely some potential on this one.
    Just curious if its going to drain battery using nfc frequently?

  • MXM4K

    That is awesome. Such a simple, but extremely effective, idea.

  • MXH070

    Outstanding idea… it looks like the little guys are leading the way with innovation these days.

  • Matthew

    I didn’t even get my Pressy yet, and I think this might top that already

    • blueadept1

      I definitely misread that.

  • Bri Bru

    last one will be pron

    • Bri Bru

      and another set of buttons for categories..

  • JaySea

    we wanted phones without buttons, so they created smartphones with touch screens…. so they invented buttons to had to our buttonless smartphones…. I think the human is mad LOL

  • Raphael Del Castillo

    i can’t find it on indiegogo

  • Matthew

    I’ve asked them to release one that looks like a bandaid, they’ll sell a million of them

  • Matthew Pringle

    Too costly. Starts at $25. No thanks.