Spooky tricks with Flic

Scare your guests with Flic this Halloween! Here are some sneaky tricks you can try.

Flashing electricity

Press Flic discretely to suddenly kill all the lights in the room. If you’re all at the dinner table and no one has their phone out then your friends will think the power is out. Press again after a while to turn the lights on. Make sure you act surprised!

If you have music running, add a play/pause trigger to a Flic press as well, to make the effect stronger.

Pro tip 1: Some smart lights (especially LIFX) are quick in flashing. To make creepy lightning flashes, add a short stroboscope effect to a double click of your Flic button!

Pro tip 2: If you’re running Android, you can delay an action after a click of Flic. Here is a spooky sequence idea: Click to turn the lights off and kill the music. Act as you have no idea what happened. 30 seconds later, have your lights flash, and a thunder sound play. Repeat a few times, then – in total darkness – play the intro to Black Sabbath (by Black Sabbath) loud and make your lights flash in dim red. Now, the Halloween party can start!

Monstrous music

Flic is great to take control of the music without your guests understanding how. If you want to scare people, interrupt the dinner music with something unexpected.

For dark rock, try these:

For electronic music, try these:

Sudden TV horror

Youtube is filled with creepy videos. Run Flic with Chromecast to suddenly turn something unsettling on to your living room TV. Perhaps the classic Salad Fingers?

This one is a real scare to surprise someone with if you turn the volume up – not for the faint of heart:

Creepy text messages

Imagine having dinner with your spouse. At the same time, you get a text message from him or her:
“I was captured by a doppelganger who is impersonating me. I got free, on my way home. If you think you’re with me, it’s not me!! Ask about our honeymoon.”

Set it up with Flic and press to send the text when you see that your partner is watching his or her cellphone. Set a second similar text on double click. Act as if you don’t remember your history together. If you have an Android, why not set up your phone to call your partner when things heat up. As he or she picks up, maybe it’s time to show how you did the prank!

Bonus prank:

Put your phone under a cushion and use Flic’s random fart generator to make your guests blush! Just like the classic fart cushion, but digital!

Creeps,
Joacim and the Flic Team

Three ways Flic made work better

How to use Flic to increase productivity at work? Here are three examples from our customers.

The Sales Office

An American direct-sales team bought Flic for their employees and put one on each desk.

When employees complete a regular sale, they click their button. It makes the lights in their office flash in green and a message be sent out in their internal communications channel.

When they complete a major sale, they double click their button, and three things happen: The room flashes in red, a short siren sounds, and the sales team gets a push notification that says who made the deal.

 

 

At a MASSIVE sale, they hold their Flic down. It makes the entire room go bananas – the lights go stroboscope, and their sound system starts playing the Imperial March (you know, the Star Wars song). A message is then sent to the receptionist to bring champagne to the sales office. Lastly, a push notification goes out to the entire company so that everyone knows who is the rock-star salesperson.

The Consultants

Time reporting is an annoying task.

Expert consultants at a German IT Security consultancy company have heaps of parallel projects they need to time track.

 

They now use Timely to monitor each project, triggered by Flic buttons connected to their Macs. Time tracking can also be achieved using Microsoft Flow or IFTTT, your working hours for each project will be nicely displayed in a google sheet.

The Institution

A Swedish institution bought custom printed Flic buttons as gifts to their employees.

 

 

Each desk has a custom Flic with the logo of the organization. They use the buttons to call for lunch, call for meetings and to DND their calendars.

Increase your productivity

Flic is made so that you can increase your productivity, without disturbance from notifications or phone interactions. The examples above utilize our Slack integration, smart lights (such as LIFX, Philips Hue, and IKEA Trådfri), SONOS, our Timely collaboration and Google Calendar.

Many other Flic integrations are helpful at work. With the Keynote integration for Mac, you can use Flic to change slides when you present. Lots of Apple employees use Flic for their internal presentations!

External services like IFTTT, Zapier and Microsoft Flow connects Flic to practically anything. Our HTTP/Internet request function makes it possible for you to connect Flic with your own applications (see all Flic integrations).

Speaking of your apps

There are solutions you can use to implement Flic support to your iOS, Mac, Android, Linux, Windows, and Raspberry PI apps. Feel free to browse our GitHub!

Bonus productivity tool

A Pomodoro timer is a well-proven tool to concentrate better and to increase productivity. It times you to work for 20 minutes and take a 5-minute break. Repeat four times, and then take a longer break.

You can use a Flic button to trigger a Pomodoro timer if you are an Android user, and I encourage you to try! If you don’t have an Android, let us know if you want us to enable it on other platforms.

 

Custom printed Flics

We can make Flic buttons with your custom print design. It’s an innovative gift for clients and swag 2.0 for your colleagues. You can choose to have it working with the Flic Apps, or with your business applications exclusively.

If you want some for Christmas, now is the time to start.