SOURCE: VSN Mobil

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August 26, 2014 09:00 ET

VSN Mobil Releases V.BTTN Programmable Bluetooth Button Along With Roster of Award-Winning Apps

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - August 26, 2014) - A button push is now only limited by your imagination.

VSN Mobil, creators of the popular V.ALRT™ personal alert device and the V.360°™, 360 degree HD camera, is proud to announce that its new V.BTTN™ programmable Bluetooth ® button is available for purchase directly at VSN Mobil's web site for $59.99.

V.BTTN is a wearable Bluetooth button with limitless applications. By pairing it with a Bluetooth Smart Ready (Bluetooth 4.0) mobile phone or PC, it can be programmed to do almost anything -- for instance, applications can be developed to order dinner, send a text message, use as a video game controller or remotely activate a camera shutter -- all at the push of the button. Available accessories, including a pendant/keychain and a wristband make it wearable and always accessible.

The V.BTTN comes with a developers' guide to help programmers build new and exciting applications that harness the power of Bluetooth 4.0 as well as the native device functionally of the V.BTTN. Controllable device level features include the LEDs and buzzer, accelerometer (X, Y, Z accelerations) and main button press sensitivity (short and long duration).

VSN Mobil recently completed its My Button Challenge, which challenged developers to create apps harnessing the power and flexibility of the device. The competition was hosted by ChallengePost, the leading platform for hackathons and software development competitions, and was judged by a group of leading tech journalists.

"The response to our developer challenge was absolutely overwhelming, with hundreds of developers registering to be part of the challenge," explained Matt Gordon, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, VSN Mobil. "As a result of that red-hot interest, and the variety of apps that are now available for the device, we decided to make the V.BTTN available to anyone to purchase from our web site. Therefore, we expect additional apps to be available soon. In particular, the V.BTTN works very well with Windows or Mac PCs, creating an entirely new avenue for creativity."

The winning applications can be seen here and are now live and available for download. A gallery of other apps as well as more information can also be seen at VSN Mobil's V.BTTN page here.

The grand prize of $7,500 went to Click-Shot, a camera app developed for the V.BTTN by Luke F. Wilson. Mr. Wilson commented: "What a fun device to use and develop for! The ability to control a phone or PC with a button push or motion gesture has endless possibilities. I am honored that my app, Click-Shot, won the grand prize, and I'm looking forward to making more apps for the platform!"

List of Winners

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

- Click-Shot. Control your camera with the remote V.BTTN! Take group photos, action shots, and videos. Trim and merge your clips to create seamless movies! download for iOS here

Other WINNERS:

- V.BTTN Walkie Talkie. Send and receive voice messages in real-time at the push of a button. download for Android here

- V.BTTN Mic. Use the V.BTTN as a remote control to start and stop audio recording. download for iOS here

HONORABLE MENTIONS

- V.BTTN Blare. Play an emergency loud sound when the V.BTTN is pressed for more than a second. This will work even if the app is in background mode. download for iOS here

- V.BTTN Cam. Snap photos and videos with a press of a button. download for iOS here

Compatible with V.ALRT App

The V.BTTN is also compatible with the companion app for VSN Mobil's V.ALRT personal alert device, which can summon help whenever and wherever it is needed -- even when a mobile phone is out of reach. This application is perfect for numerous scenarios, such as seniors who may need medical assistance or young people wanting to summon help in case of an intruder on a high school or college campus.

Once set up, the V.ALRT can initiate calls and text messages from the smartphone to three pre-programmed contacts. A customizable text message will indicate that help is needed and also provide location information using the GPS feature on the smartphone (when available). For more information, see the V.ALRT site here. Download the iOS app here or the Android app here.

More info on V.BTTN

Specifications:

  • Size: 32 mm diameter, 10 mm thick
  • Weight: 8 grams
  • Environment: Waterproof (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes)
  • Audible Tones and LED visible feedback
  • Battery: Comes with a replaceable CR2032 battery that is commonly available and lasts up to one year depending on use.
  • Range: Bluetooth 4.0 technology allows for a range of up to 75 feet indoors and up to 300 feet outdoors between the V.BTTN and the smartphone
  • Included Accessories: pendant and wristband. A belt clip is available as a separate accessory from the VSN Mobil website 

V.BTTN supports all Bluetooth Smart Ready devices including:

  • Windows ® 8- Any PC That includes Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Bluetooth Smart Ready)
  • Windows Phone 8- Any Windows phone that include Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Android™- Android phones with Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and Android version 4.3 or later, i.e. Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, HTC One (M8), Nexus 4 &5, Moto X
  • iOS - iPhone 4S and newer
  • Mac OS X Support- 2011 MacBook Air or newer, the 2012 MacBook Pro or newer, the 2012 iMac or newer, the 2011 Mac Mini or newer and the 2013 Mac Pro

Available V.BTTN functionality:

  • Detect a short press and release. When this feature is enabled, upon pressing the button, the app will be notified. On a button release, the app will be notified with a different notification value.
  • Detect a long press & release. Example, the V.BTTN can notify your application if the user pressed-and-held the button for 2-9 seconds.
  • Notify the app when a fall is detected. If this feature is enabled, and the V.BTTN is dropped from about 4 feet, a notification will be sent to the application.
  • Disable all sounds and LED functions. (Stealth Mode)
  • Disable just sound or disable just LED functions.
  • Enable the accelerometer, and report x, y, z accelerations to the application
  • Buzz and turn on LED using the Immediate Alert Service (Find Me feature)
  • Report battery level to the application.

VSN Mobil's founders set out to do something groundbreakingly simple: deliver consumer electronic devices that meet the needs of everyday life. Excitement for this concept attracted a team of some of the most accomplished executives from the most elite companies in the world -- Motorola, Samsung, General Dynamics and Pininfarina, among others. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the company was founded in July 2013 and designs and manufactures devices that are unique in their durability, affordability and design. For information about VSN Mobil and its products, visit www.VSNMobil.com.

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