About Rikshem


Rikshem is one of Sweden’s largest private property ownership companies. The business concept involves offering and developing residential properties and properties for public use in selected municipalities all over Sweden.

Rikshem takes significant social responsibility in their residential areas, and by focusing on sustainability as they want to contribute to healthy community development.

Rikshem owns properties throughout Sweden, from Malmö in the south to Luleå in the North.



Why there is a need for a wireless button

Dark and desolate areas are the main causes of perceived insecurity in many Swedish cities. Rikshem wanted to find out where those areas are in order to improve the neighbourhood overall safety feeling.

They decided that they needed a very simple but effective way to gather this data. Using a button where tenants can easily push a button when feeling unsafe or insecure was the perfect way of getting real and precise data to where these locations were.




Our collaboration

Flic assisted Rikshem in creating these special branded buttons. Flic also created the app functionality where the buttons were pre-programmed for the people participating in the study. All the tenant needed to do was to pair the button with their smartphone, download the app and then start to push the button when they were in an area where they felt unsafe.

Flic also created a heat-map where it collected the data of all the pushes so Rikshem could easily get a complete and simplified overview of the areas.


What’s the next step for Rikshem?

Rikshem created a national report based on the data and the information they received after conducting questionnaires to the ones participating in the study. Based off this report, they will implement improvements in the different areas in order to increase the safety and security.

In result, Flic buttons being handed out has facilitated the attainment of real and trustworthy data on the areas in need of safety improvement. This furthermore enhanced their brand value by listening and taking care of their tenants. Read the full report in Swedish here.

Rikshem and Flic were also featured on TV4


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About Rigado
Rigado provides managed sensor data infrastructure for commercial spaces. IoT solution providers use Rigado gateways and software to deliver real-time visibility for enterprise customers.




Why the need for a wireless push button

The Flic button provides an easy way for Rigado to enable a low cost, low power alerting mechanism in a variety of environments. It is useful in smart office and safe workplace environments as well as retail custom service.



Their business case

Rigado recently introduced Flic as part of their Presto Kit launch. Within the first month of launching the kit, not only had they seen high demand for it but they already taken some customers to pilot, with the Flic button playing an important role in enabling use cases for those customers.



Working with Flic

“Working with Flic has been great- they were very quick to turn our concept into a working product with a customized design. We were able to make the Flic button work with our Cascade gateway with no help at all, and the performance has been very reliable.


What’s the next step for Rigado? 

We will continue to promote the Presto Kit, and include the Flic button in future versions of it so that customers can easily see the benefits of the integration. Ultimately we hope to see a lot of scaled deployments utilizing Rigado and Flic together!

– Steve Gorretta, Director of Product.

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It’s finally back in stock, our super cool accessory – The IR Blaster.
If you’re wondering what it is, keep on reading.



Back in the olden days, before Smart Home was a thing, our main way to control our electronics was with an old fashioned IR (Infra-Red) remote control and you had one remote for each appliance.

This kind of technology is still used by most TV’s set top boxes, sound systems, lighting and even air conditioners. This means, one remote per device, and if you have many devices, you probably have many remotes and are always mixing them up. Although this system outdated, elder appliances still work great and upgrading sometimes is expensive and unnecessary.

Sometimes, when leaving the house it would be nice to turn off all appliances and not go searching between the couch pillows for each remote.

However, since my old devices are not smart, does this mean it is not possible to control my “dumb” devices with some kind of unified remote?

We made it possible with the IR accessory for Flic.




Our IR accessory works as a bridge between your smart home and your… not so smart home. The IR connects to the Flic Hub and can mimic the button presses on your remote control. This way you can control your TV, sound system, lighting and even AC with Flic buttons. 

How to connect an IR accessory to your Flic Hub LR or Flic Hub


Connect your Flic IR Accessory to the Flic Hub via the 2.5mm connector and place the IR blaster, in the direction of the receiving device(s). The range of the IR signal is ~10m.

For best results ensure a clear line of sight between the IR blaster and the receiving device.

To setup your first action, simply select the IR blaster action within the Flic Hub app page. Follow the app instructions to start recording IR signals from any of your remotes!



PRO Tip

As Flic allows for multiple actions to be triggered simultaneously, you can create complete scenes for each trigger.

Example: 

Push – Turn TV on, dim your LIFX lights to 30%, pause music on your Sonos Speaker and turn down your blinds.

Double Push – Switch to the Playstation input, turn all lights off, lock your door (through IFTTT), and send a message to your gaming pals through Slack to tell them you’re going online. 

Hold – Turn everything off, TV, lights, music, coffee maker – you name it.



Set your Flic to: One push to take me home (country rooooads). Double push for next song. And most important, Hold the button to call my spouse 😛

Drive safe and don’t look at your phone, please.

How to do this in the Flic App:

IOS: function called Navigate, enter destination

Android: function called Navigate, enter destination and navigation type

IOS: Global Music Control, select “Next”

Android: Navigate Music, select type & application

Android: phone call, insert phone number





Smart doorbell time!
Put a sticker on a Flic and place it by your door to receive a notification as soon as someone presses it. Pro tip, share the discount code FLICNEIGHBOUR so your neighbours can get 10% off on flic.io.

IOS & Android: Works both with and without a Hub LR, we recommend a Hub LR for this action

  • Select the Hub, add a flic and select the action Slack Post, insert the message and channel or group.





I lost my phone… again

Are you always running around your house looking for your phone when you are in a rush? 📱

Pop a Flic by the door to make it ring! You too can be an organized human being like Ludvig here, look how happy he is with his Flics 😁

IOS: Find my phone function, select noise

Android: Find my phone function, select noise & flash light





Nightmares can be tough and calm music can help. Mount a button by your child’s bed so they can play music when needed 😴🌙

IOS

  • Spotify: select Spotify Web Connect, connect your account, select Media and select a playlist
  • Apple music: select Apple Music, select item to play

Android

  • Spotify: select Spotify Web Connect, connect your account, select Media and select a playlist
  • Navigate Music: Select navigation time, and select the application




Want to prove that you are changing diapers more than your partner?

Place a Flic button by the crib to notify your partner to get more diapers, formula or whatever your baby needs. Not picking up your phone for simple texts can be super helpful and time saving 💕👼

IOS: Send a Text Message, input message and recipient.

  • Due to limitations in IOS, we are using a third party provider to send text messages, Twilio. You will need to buy credits when using this on IOS

Android: Text message, input receiver and body

Note that you need to use an international number format, starting with + and followed by the country code.




Place a Flic button by your office postbox or your home mailbox to get notified when the mail carrier arrives. Our favorite way is using our amazing Slack integration.

IOS & Android: Works both with and without a Hub LR, we recommend a Hub LR for this action

  • Select the Hub, add a flic and select the action Slack Post, insert the message and channel or group.


How many times has your pet tricked you into thinking you have not fed them, but your family member already did? 🦴

Mount a Flic button by the pantry where you store the food, and press it to send a message each time you feed them.


IOS: Send a Text Message, input message and recipient.

Due to limitations in IOS, we are using a third party provider to send text messages, Twilio. You will need to buy credits when using this on IOS

Android: Text message, input receiver and body

Note that you need to use an international number format, starting with + and followed by the country code.



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“We loved how creative, functional, and easy-to-use Flic smart buttons were. We saw a great opportunity for OnSong and musicians to utilize Flic’s solution for performing multiple actions from a single button.”

Dakota Kiebler, Marketing and Media Manager



OnSong is an app that helps musicians both onstage and offstage to be as efficient, prepared, and confident as possible in their performances. OnSong was originally developed by OnSong’s President to be a resource for his worship team to allow them to import, store, and edit their chord charts digitally on their iPads rather than carrying around large binders full of paper. Since then, OnSong has grown to be used by musicians of all kinds, from bar bands and cover bands, to ukulele groups, to singer-songwriters, to professional touring musicians like Phil Collins or Pete Townshend!



OnSong has worked with Bluetooth foot pedals for a while, but their larger size and restrictions in terms of where they can be placed could sometimes present issues. On the other hand, Flic smart buttons are small and mobile enough that they can be placed anywhere, even on your instrument, so that a quick press or double-tap of your finger can turn pages within OnSong, start or stop backing tracks and a metronome, and perform over 160 other customizable actions!


“Having a partnership between OnSong and Flic has been wonderful. They’re a great team of people and an amazing, innovative company that keeps improving. We’re thankful to be able to work closely with them and integrate their product with our’s!”

Dakota Kibler – Marketing and Media Manager

Read more about OnSong

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“Our partnership with Shortcut labs has been a powerful enhancement for our users on Anglr who are pairing the Anglr Bullseye – powered by Flic to the fishing experience had on the water. Most recently we’ve extended our offerings by embedding the Anglr Bullseye, powered by Flic, into the first smart fishing rod called the Virtual Rod with manfucaturing partner, Abu Garcia. We’re beyond excited for the 2020 fishing season and the value we’ll bring with the Virtual Rod.

– Landon Bloomer, Founder & President 


Anglr is a fishing intelligence platform built for anglers by anglers that consists of a free fishing logbook app that syncs across mobile and web devices. The app lets their users build private, powerful, personal fishing analytics always at their fingertips to help plan, record, and improve their fishing.


Using your phone to track your fishing journey is great, but there is an obvious obstacle in having to pick up your phone, unlock it and open the app just to pinpoint a location, especially when out fishing. This is why Anglr started looking for a wireless trigger to activate frequently used actions within the app.



In 2018 Anglr found and implemented Flic support with the Anglr app and they are using all three triggers, One-push privately records catches. Two-pushes mark private waypoint, and hold records specific gear changes. It’s that convenient to keep the phone tucked away as you go fishing.


Since then, the Flic button has been a large part of the Anglr app success. The Bullseye, as their custom branded Flic is called, is sold by Anglr on multiple online channels and selected fishing gear retailers across the US. The Bullseye also comes in a bundle with a premium subscription, making it a great product for on-boarding new customers.


In the Spring of 2020 the company partnered up with manufacturer Abu Garcia and took fishing gear to the next level by creating the world’s first connected rod. Following the launch of the Virtual Rod by Abu Garcia, Anglr is in discussions with several other gear manufacturers with the aim to embed Anglr connected buttons and create a full suite of connected fishing gear.

Read more about Anglr

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“Our bags are meant to provide the wearer with technology that provides convenience and reduces stress. We chose Flic because we believe that their product fulfils those two initiatives, along with the fact that they create high quality products, and they work closely with our team to ensure that the technology is working as it should. It has been an adventure! I was able to meet the team in person at the CES Convention in Las Vegas this past January and it was wonderful. We are so lucky to be working with such a great team of individuals.”

– Tracey Hummel, Founder



Bee & Kin is luxury handbags and accessories with a twist. They offer a modern play on classic shapes incorporated with DesignTech for a dynamic lifestyle. With the finest materials they strike the right note between style and function. Their mission is to make modern accessories that make life more convenient and help you be more present.


Tracey had originally read about Flic in a technology newsletter and realized that many of the functionalities, like find my phone and start a playlist, would be great to have in a bag. In October 2018, Tracey reached out to Shortcut Labs and the partnership started to evolve. 

“Shortcut Labs have been incredibly supportive of what we’re doing at Bee & Kin, and it has been a great relationship ever since.” – Tracey Hummel 


Some favorite actions are find my phone, send a pre-programmed text or start a Spotify playlist.

For example: If you’re desperate to get out of a meeting that’s running long, you can push the button to have your cell phone ring, or if you’re on your way to meet your best friend for a cocktail, you can push to send a pre-written “5 min away” text as you get off the subway. In addition to these little life hacks, Bee & Kin aims to make their customer more present as she navigates through life by pushing a button instead of using their phones. 


About the Company 

Tracey Hummel founded Bee & Kin, in May 2019, because she felt there was a gap to fill in the luxury handbag market that fused technology with fashion that revolved around the modern woman.  Her experience with top brands such as Tory Burch, Salvatore Ferragamo, and David Yurman gave her a solid foundation in the accessories industry.

“For as long as I can remember I wanted to create classic accessories with a twist—beautiful products with exciting features that support you like family. I found myself struggling to find things in my bags and really envisioned different ways of tying in tech to make my search simpler. I realized that I wasn’t the only person with this struggle, which propelled me toward building Bee & Kin.” – Tracey Hummel, Founder

Bee & Kin bags can be found beeandkin.com

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Our favorite staying home hacks using Flic

I’m busy / come in light

Inspired by April, let your new coworkers (your family) know when you are in a call or not, so they know when they can come and disturb you with snacks.


Movie time

Movie night, every night.

Set up a Flic to dim the lights, stop the music and start your favorite show.

In order to avoid conflicts, please do not watch a show without the person you were watching it with.


Change Music while showering

Hate getting your phone wet while showering and wanting to change that one song you hate?

Pop a Flic button in your shower for an easier morning.


Meeting time!

Notify your colleagues on Slack that it’s meeting time. Give them a heads up when it’s time for a online Swedish Fika break or set up a beer O’ clock message notification.

 Easy access to pre-set Slack messages are fun and useful.


Bed Time

One button, everything off!

No apps, no voice, no running around turning everything off.

Literally, just a button push and you’re set. Go to bed, get your sleeping schedule back to normal.




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It’s easy to assume we’ve reached the summit of the way we interact with our tech. We’ve gone from simple switches, through to smart phones, then to voice assistants – as evolutionary journeys go, it would seem this journey has reached its peak.

 

But all is not as it seems. Voice is incredible and thanks to Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri it’s now used by billions of people. It’s incredible, but it’s not perfect. It can’t do everything, there’s a definite margin for error, and sometimes it’s quite simply not appropriate to use voice-activated controls.

 

It’s here the smart button comes in. At CES 2019, Google introduced a preview of its Google Assistant Connect platform. This platform is designed to make it easier for companies to integrate their products with Google Assistant and takes much of the heavy lifting away from the company and places it within the Assistant app.

 

One of the devices Google previewed was a smart button which can be used to simplify complex tasks or perform your favourite Assistant routine. If it’s good enough for Google, it’s good enough for us!

 

We’ve always viewed smart buttons as the next iteration in how we interact with tech and we expect this to flourish in 2019. The best smart buttons open up a world of possibilities while retaining the very quality that made them so attractive in the first place – their simplicity.

 

Picture the scene… you’re fast asleep, your mind’s drifting through different dreams. Then the alarm sounds, jolting you awake. You don’t want to wake the rest of the household so you don’t say ‘Ok Google, start my morning routine.’ Instead, you reach for a button and press it without opening your eyes.

 

The alarm stops. Your lights turn on to the ‘wake up’ scene you’ve set for them. Your morning playlist starts through your wireless speaker, the thermostat kicks in to heat up your home, your coffee machine starts, a note is automatically made in your calendar for when you woke up, and you’ve messaged the office to tell them you’ll be there in an hour.

 

All with the push of a button.

 

This isn’t science fiction. This is right now. And it all happens because of a single click. This could potentially be done with voice but who wants to be saying: “Hey Google, start my morning routine” as soon as they open their eyes?

 

Here’s three ways buttons are changing the way we interact with our technology and, by extension, the world around us:

 

  1. Convenience. A smart button like Flic has three ways to use it. You push it once, you push it twice, or you hold it down. These three commands can then trigger whatever actions you want them to do. It’s simple and it’s convenient. You don’t have to ask a voice assistant to do it for you and you don’t have to scroll through your phone to find the right app to perform the action you want. When it comes to smart home control, this is absolutely crucial and it’s here smart buttons are a true game changer. We are creatures of convenience and smart buttons help us streamline processes in an easy and effective way.

 

  1. Subtlety. Pushing a button can be a very discreet action. If it’s in your pocket, no one will ever even know you’ve pressed it. Say you’re having a bad date you want to get out of it in a polite way, you can’t then turn round and say ‘Siri, make a fake phone call to my phone.’ With a button you can. One press and your phone starts ringing with the emergency call to help you escape. On a slightly more practical level, try saying ‘Hey Google’ in a meeting room full of Android users and see what happens. Buttons can even be used to activate your voice assistant, taking out the need for unnecessary commands.

 

  1. Chain reactions. The beauty of buttons is the ability to create chain reactions which trigger a number of actions at once. Rushing out of home in the morning? Simultaneously turn off all your lights, your heating or air con, open the garage door, close your window shades and arm your security system. Getting ready to go to bed? Then turn on your electric blanket, dim the lights, lock the doors, set your alarm and start tracking your sleep. With integrations with services like IFTTT and Zapier, there are countless possibilities to explore.

 

Buttons are the next step in the way we interact with tech. Like the best technology, they are built to enhance our lives, make complicated tasks simple, and to be a joy to use.

 

So go grab your own buttons and start making your life easier.

 

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What a start to 2019! For the fifth year running the Flic team went to CES, the global stage for innovation and the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

Not only did we get to show hundreds of people what Flic is and open their eyes to the power of using a smart button, but we also got to see first hand some of the latest tech that’s set to shape future.

From foldable TVs and phones, enhanced virtual reality, self-driving cars, all the latest smart home gadgets, more wearables than you could fit on your body and everything else in between, CES was a feast of innovation and inspiration.

Here are five things we learned from CES 2019…and our advice to any company who are thinking of exhibiting there next year.

1. Technology must serve a purpose.

Just because we can do something, it doesn’t always mean we should. Technology for technology’s sake isn’t going to cut it anymore – new products have to serve a purpose and enhance the lives of the end users. Startups that add technology or the word “smart” to things just because it hasn’t been done before are less common now at CES. You can still find a smart pet toilet, smart nail polish, even a smart pepper spray… but more companies are starting to think if there really is a value in making something smart before selling it.

2. The smart home battle is hotting up.

Google had a huge presence at CES as it looks to make 2019 the year Google Home and Google Assistant become integral parts to the lives of millions. Of course, in the opposite corner, is Amazon and Alexa, who already have the larger market share. The good news for the consumer is more devices than ever before support both options so, ultimately, the customer wins.

3. AI will be everywhere.

Following on from the above, AI is becoming integrated with everything – from TVs automatically changing their settings based on light conditions to golf clubs tracking shots and displaying stats in an app. Traditionally, we’ve viewed artificial intelligence as the ‘robots’ of the future. In reality it’s different and more subtle – AI will exist everywhere, in everything.

4. 5G is nearly here.

And a large part of the above will be powered by 5G. As GQ put it recently: “Every generation of mobile network so far, including 4G, has been about connecting people. And although 5G will likewise be designed to connect people, it will also be about connecting things.”

5G will be at the heart of automation and AI while, at the same time, bringing users greater speeds and greater capacity. We’ve already been close to the action with Sweden’s first 5G network being tested on the KTH campus where our office is.

5. Buttons are coming.

The keyboard came first, then the touch screen, then the voice assistant. Next is the turn of the smart button. Obviously this is something we’ve always believed in but when Google announced they’re planning to open their integration of Google Assistant with the “Google Assistant Connect Platform” one of the things they showcased was a… smart button 😉


Top Tips For Businesses

This was our fifth year at CES and we moved up a floor, away from the startup section, to take our place among the more established companies. This meant a bigger booth and harder work but also lots more people with questions about Flic. Our booth design made a big difference here, too.

Here’s our top tips for businesses who are attending CES in 2020:

– Provide a demo people can use without having to ask – some people like watching/reading before actually asking somebody. Our demo was a set of Flic buttons to control our presentation, showcasing case studies, what our clients use Flic for, how you can get your company’s logo on Flic buttons, and our famous video (which we made available offline as the internet at CES is a little unreliable).

– Set up for press to come to your booth, have a nice spot for interviews, make your booth photography worthy!

– Create a space with a few comfy chairs and a table if you have room – this worked for us because walking around a fair all day is tiresome and people want to take a load off – it was the perfect way to get people to our booth! It’s also perfect for meetings. You can have people come to you so there’s no need to meet in the noisy food court.

– Drive everyone you meet to your website or social media – we did this by running a Flic giveaway on our social channels.

– Everyone has a smartphone so allow people to take pictures of business cards with their phone which will save paper and save you printing a ton of cards. We ran out of them!

– Stay close to the conference venue. Our hotel was within walking distance of the Sands Expo, so we even went home for lunch! It’s nice to get some fresh air and have a break.