DIMPLE is a small sticker or protective case with user-configurable buttons that you attach to the rear side of your Android NFC-enabled gadgets. Buttons can launch apps, change settings, turn on the flashlight and much, much more. You can double the button count by assigning a long-press function.
DIMPLE STANDARD & MINI PRODUCT WORKS ONLY WITH ANDROID 4.0+ NFC-ENABLED GADGETS (EXCLUDES HTC ONE M7 & M8 and other metal devices), FOR HTC ONE COMPATIBILITY, PLEASE CHOOSE THE PROTECTIVE CASE OPTION.
Attached in close proximity (even over a case) to your device’s NFC reader, DIMPLE lets you extend the functionality to your own liking, from launching your favorite social network app, to launching sophisticated Tasker tasks or your own developed plugins through DIMPLE API.
„If the final product is half as good as it sounds, it's likely to be a big hit.” CNET
„The DIMPLE goes above and beyond the call of duty with a set of four easy-to-install buttons that can be customized to do almost anything you want.” GIZMODO
„What makes the DIMPLE stand out from solutions like Pressy is that you don’t have to sacrifice anything to use it.” AndroidAuthority
„These days most smartphones only have buttons for the most crucial of tasks. Some of us still prefer having hardware buttons. DIMPLE aims to fill that gap.” Ubergizmo
„DIMPLE.IO is a project that is likely going to make a lot of Android users very happy, because it adds four buttons to your device that you can do whatever you want with.” GEEK
You define your experience with DIMPLE, from controlling what each button will do, to its placement according to your own ergonomics. DIMPLE is designed to give you total control over its functionality and to fit your personal needs and requirements.
The "One size fits all" approach rarely truly works. We believe that everyone- from the average Joe to power users - should have the ability to customize their gadgets just the way they want them without ever picking up a drill or an axe. We approached the user experience with DIMPLE with the following principles in mind:
Customization should not be intimidating or difficult. This is why we designed DIMPLE to be quick to set up and use right out of the box. The companion app user interface is incredibly easy to understand, even though it packs a lot of advanced features. Application of DIMPLE is super easy, and you have a thingy called "training wheels" to try and feel the best location to apply the dimple. If you have ever applied a sticker without burning a house down, you will be able to apply DIMPLE. If you can use a smartphone, you can use DIMPLE.
Every human is built differently, though we still get to use the same gadgets. Heck, if you are left-handed, you probably sometimes think that the world has turned on you. No more. You can apply the DIMPLE sticker in practically unlimited positions in close proximity to the NFC antenna of your device. For most gadgets, this means all of the rear side; for tablets and phablets- just a part of the rear side. The DIMPLE offers tactile feedback- hear a "click" on every push of a button in addition to haptic feedback. Every button has a patented groove around it with a braille dimple in the middle. Your fingers will be able to distinct each button in any situation.
Functionality means different things to different people. So we did not want to design a rigid one-solution-fits-everyone product. Instead we spent many months in the dark actually developing an application that will never be finished in a sense of constant evolution. The Beta, which will suit every need of the average user, is already online. We are now working closely with numerous partners to bring a small ecosystem of third party plugins and integrations into some of the world's coolest apps when the product ships.
Don't want to write code? Create some unique Tasker tasks and tie them to our companion app.
Feel like coding? Welcome, please visit- dimple.io/developers
RICHARD SKRUBIS, Founder & CEO
His second startup dealing with tangible objects, loves making stuff.
ELVISS KUSTANS, Lead Software Developer
Full-blown code wizard, as well as a full-stack Android/Java engineer. Master degree in computer science. Knows how to tame a horse in Minecraft.
KRISTAPS KRAUJA, UI/UX
Proficient in everything interface, has worked on dozens upon dozens of apps, games and concepts.
GINTS LAZDINS, procurement and logistics
He pursues efficiency in every aspect of our product supply chain and plays hockey.
MARIS MILGRAVIS, video production
His firstborn son just arrived. In the meantime, he works as a freelance video producer and speaks key frames fluently.
JANIS MILZARAJS, graphic design
He is a passionate co-working movement advocate and a graphic designer with years of experience up his sleeve. Currently traveling in West Africa with a UN delegation.
In addition to our core team, we've assembled an incredible group of engineers, designers, and industry experts who are collaborating with us to create the best product possible. Our manufacturing partners include some of the biggest industry players, some of which are Fortune 500 companies. We have some people that speak legalese in our circles as well. Manufacturing deals with our partners have already been struck, and most of the logistics obstacles have been worked out.
We have been working on this product for the past 18 months and have gone through 12 iterations of prototypes. We feel like we are ready for the market with the current iteration.
We have manufactured the first mass-production test batch of 250 DIMPLE Beta units. We are trying to address some assembly scaling problems and combat some unwanted adhesive defects.
We have been working on DIMPLE for the past year and a half, and we've come a long way. Thus far we have covered our expenses by depleting our personal savings accounts and credit cards. We received a $15k grant from the municipality of Riga, LVA to cover some of the prototyping expenses, so there is a whole city of 0.7 million inhabitants that believes in us!
Manufacturing a tangible product on a large scale is just too much for a bootstrapped startup. The current cost to manufacture a single unit in small batches is astronomical. This is where you come in. Your support will allow us to buy components in bulk, as well as initiate tooling and mass production so we can bring DIMPLE to you and millions of people who believe that buttons rock. Let's make our gadgets personal again; together, we can do it!
So why should you support us?
- Be the first to get one (literally)
- You believe that real buttons rock
- You never had dimples
- You want to belong to an exclusive clique
Will it work with my device?
Based on our approximations there are currently around 800 devices with which the DIMPLE will work. This sadly excludes HTC One (M7 & M8) because of its metal body. Creating a device out of metal usually requires the engineers to make some sacrifices in terms of antenna location and affects our customers' ability to position DIMPLE ergonomically on a HTC One. So, if your device runs Android 4.0 and above, is not made out of metal, and has NFC technology, you are safe to assume that DIMPLE will work with it.
No HTC One?
Designing a metal body forces engineers to get creative. The result of this creativity is that the NFC antenna is located around the camera ring. You would have to sacrifice the camera to make the DIMPLE work. No cases or covers will solve this.
Can it be reused?
Even though the adhesive used allows for easy removal, each time you remove a DIMPLE from your device's surface, the adhesive properties will deteriorate and that may compromise the longevity of the DIMPLE. You should be fine for at least 5-10 attachments and removals. After that, the DIMPLE may not stick to the surface as well as when it was new. We are exploring options to use adhesive that can be reused as many times as you want, without compromising the thinness of DIMPLE.
Where can I put it?
In close proximity to the NFC antenna of the device. For most gadgets, it means the rear side of the device. For tablets, it means a part of the rear side.
The only gadget we have yet found to play well with DIMPLE on the front is the Sony Z2 Tablet.
The maximum range (like a really thick case) of how far you can locate the DIMPLE from the reader antenna is around 5 cm (2 in).
How about battery life?
Latest generation NFC reader chips embedded in our gadgets will consume little to no noticeable amounts of your device's battery life. Keeping NFC on should not take away more than 5 minutes of your daily battery life.
How big is it?
49 x 16 x 0.49 mm or 1.92 x 0.66 x 0.019 inches.
Can I use other NFC devices with DIMPLE on my device?
Will it work with the screen off?
Currently, due to security concerns, this functionality is disabled in stock Android. We are working closely with the Google Android team to find a way to bring this to the next versions of the operating system. For the time being, you have to root your device and install the xposed framework.
Will it work with my case?
DIMPLE can be attached directly to your case instead of to the surface of your device. Unless the case is made out of metal, you should be fine.
How about accidental triggering?
We have engineered the buttons impossible to be pressed unintentionally. The buttons are flush with the surface of the DIMPLE.
How long will it last?
If you applied the DIMPLE carefully, the adhesive should outlast your gadget upgrade cycle. Our 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.
Are you sure that you can pull this off?
Our team currently consists of 4 full-time people, and each of us has previous experience working in a hardware startup with expertise ranging from electrical engineering and logistics to marketing strategies and intellectual property. We have already manufactured a small test batch of 250 DIMPLEs that should be 99% of what the final product will be. Manufacturing agreements with our partners have already been made, and we should be up and manufacturing approximately a week after our crowdfunding campaign ends and we have surveyed our backers.
How about other platforms, like Windows Mobile?
We are currently exploring the options of other platforms. Stay tuned.
Can I use it for gaming?
To some extent- yes. Depends on the games. Mostly: no. Due to the construction of this version of the DIMPLE, it cannot accept multiple button presses at the same time. You will have to wait until the Christmas 2014 to get a DIMPLE v2 which will support gaming.