Dimple NFC buttons on a Sony Xperia Z1

The Indiegogo campaign for the stick-on Dimple NFC stickers has gained a trio of stretch goals: a mini two-button version, more colors, and a TPU case with two built-in buttons. The two-button Dimple Mini is available to anybody who pledges, starting at $17 for one (existing pledges can be converted into a pair of Dimple Minis), while the remaining stretch goals kick in once the total pledges pass a certain mark.

Color-wise, breaking the $45,000 mark (just over $4,000 away at publish time) will bring options of black, cyan, and pink, while $55,000 brings another three not-yet-determined colors to the party.

But the really interesting stretch goal is at $70,000: it's a TPU case with two built-in Dimple NFC buttons. At $23, the flexible plastic case slots in between the 2-button Dimple Mini and the 4-button Dimple Standard, but provides both protection for your device while adding two buttons that don't have to be adhered to your phone. The cases will be available for the HTC One M7 and One M8, LG Nexus 5, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5. The addition of the HTC One is interesting, as Dimple states that the One's NFC antenna is located around the camera ring (there are only so many openings in which you can put an antenna when the phone is made out of metal), which makes using the stick-on Dimple options rather difficult.

The 4-button Dimple still is on track for an August 2014 ship date, while the 2-button Mini version is looking at September and the cases in October. Of course, the cases won't even be an option unless the campaign crosses the $70,000 mark in the next 31 days.

Source: Dimple (Indigogo)


Reader comments

Dimple NFC buttons sticker campaign gains mini and case options


First? They would make the case after I already ordered the buttons..... The day before YESTERDAY. -____-

I would definitely be interested in the black TPU case with buttons for Nexus 5. Hope they can reach that goal.

I read in the official site www.dimple.io that due to the metal body in the HTC One NFC was installed near the camera ring. This would result in disabling the camera in order to use these buttons, and no case will fix this. So this product is not compatible for my HTC One M7 :-(, nor it is for the M8.

You know how I know you didnt read the article? Thats right, I know you just typed away without reading...

The pages says this

No HTC One?

Designing a metal body forces the 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.

And that's the origin of my confusion. Regards

The good but also the worst is that you have to open the screen and unlock the phone. Much easy with a customised lock screen like CM with 5 (4 actually) sort-cuts.

I'm sorry but the more I think about pushing a button on the back of my phone the more I dislike the idea.

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I've been using the G2 for the past two weeks and absolutely love the back buttons. I didn't know how it would go but it's great. Easily discernable when in pocket. When I listen to podcasts at work I usually keep the phone face down. Perfect to quickly lower/raise volume.

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No love for a G2/G3 case. Sad face. Maybe I'll stick with the mini buttons.

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Yup, the G2 continues to be underrated and receives no love. I was actually ready a few weeks ago to plunk down money on a Screengaurdz Pure screen protector for my G2, but they don't make it. But yet they make one for the G-Flex!

Who has a G Flex??!? I've never seen anyone walking the streets with G Flex. That's so dumb. So dumb.

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Why OEMs don't include convenience keys as seen on the older BlackBerry phones is beyond me. I love this idea!

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Not everyone... Just the hardcore people who seem to think that every phone should meet their desires and cannot imagine how other people might like a different form factor.

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Small correction, everyone thinks that what Google says should be law.

Personally I like them, hate on screen buttons

Why would you make it so unattractive looking? Good idea, but bad implementation. Who will want a new case when their flagship is almost 6 months old?

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Even more interested in a product I cant back due to the site hosting it. Sigh.

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I really don't understand how people are interested in this. I guess maybe for a select few there is some strange reason out there why this is better than shortcuts on your desktop, but for me the overriding factor is simply that NFC is a horrible battery drain. You would have to turn it on to use the dimples or leave it on constantly. Neither is worth it....

Leaving it on isn't normally a huge battery drain. It is only active when the screen is active, so if you aren't using your phone NFC won't use any power. And when the screen is on the power use is surely negligible compared to whatever you are doing.

That said, I don't know how much extra power these buttons will cause NFC to use, it probably is still negligible, though if you have NFC active when your screen is off (which you can't do without root or a custom ROM) it may eat into your standby time a bit.

What I want to know is if having these buttons stuck to your phone interfere with other NFC uses.

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I’m just wondering if they are waterproof. If they are then they would work perfectly for my Seidio waterproof case. You are not able to use the touch screen when the phone is submerged.

It's likely they are. There's no reason for these buttons to have any exposed electronics.

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There is a totally free way to get most of the functionality of this product, though. Instead of adding more buttons, the QuickClick app just customizes your volume buttons instead.