What is Flic?
Flic is the creator of small and wireless push buttons used to control apps, devices, and services through wifi, bluetooth or IR anywhere. These buttons are used for many solutions by many where the main benefit comes from the simple push of a button. Rather than using different apps or voice commands, Flic makes IoT simple, convenient, and accessible for all. Flic Twist is the newest innovation, taking the concept of smart buttons to the next level. Go to shop.
What can I use Flic for?
You can use Flic buttons to control smart lights such as Philips Hue, LIFX, and IKEA Trådfri; to control music systems like SONOS and Spotify, run smart home routines, control third-party devices and services, and much, much more. Flic buttons are very versatile. Many companies use Flic buttons to control their own apps and systems.
How do I use Flic?
Flic buttons are configured in the Flic App and can be activated in three ways. To trigger a Flic button: push, double push, or hold. In the Flic app, you can select triggers and assign one or more actions for each trigger. Choose from existing actions or get creative with endless automation possibilities through HTTP, IFTTT, and much more.
How does Flic work?
Flic uses a proprietary implementation of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to communicate with a receiver. Each button has to be connected to a receiver to work. The most common receivers are Flic Apps for iOS, Android or Mac, or the Flic Hub. Flic 2 can connect to any BLE-enabled computer if you configure it to be a HID or MIDI button, in which case it emulates a computer keyboard, mouse, or MIDI instrument.
What is a Flic Hub?
Flic Hubs are optional small gateways made for Flic buttons. You can connect many Flic buttons to a Flic Hub and then configure in the Hub what each Flic button should do. The Flic Hub is then connected to the internet or a local network and can execute commands from the Flic buttons.
There are two versions of Flic Hubs: Flic Hub LR and Flic Hub Mini. The first is the newer version of Flic Hub, and differs from the former in that it supports Bluetooth LE Long Range and Apple HomeKit. Flic Hub Mini is our latest addition. This tiny but powerful computer has the same functions as Flic Hub LR, and is perfect for household use, while Flic Hub LR is ideal for businesses and advanced setups and automations. Learn more about our Hubs.
What is a Flic Twist?
Our new innovation is a one-of-a-kind smart home controller, with features that allow full customization of your Smart Home. Learn more.
Who makes Flic?
The company behind Flic is called Shortcut Labs. We are a scale-up company from Stockholm, Sweden. Hello!
A factory in Taiwan assembles Flic 2 buttons and Flic Hub LR and a factory in Malaysia assembles Flic Twist and Flic Hub Mini.
What different versions of Flic buttons are there?
Flic 2 is the ultimate and improved version of previously produced Flic buttons, being carefully designed and developed to be customized based on your needs. They are made in white while black limited edition are launched on our shop for a limited time period. Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with our news and product releases!
What should I use a Flic button for?
You can have Flic buttons all over your house, your car, or even in the office. You can stick them to any surface with the adhesive tape on its back or carry them around using the clip accessory. As long as your Flic is in range of its receiver (Flic Hub LR, a smartphone with the Flic app, etc.), you can place them anywhere. Even outside, since they’re weather and dust resistant.
Here are some examples:
At home, use Flic to help you with your morning workout. With a single push – turn on your music, start your timer, and have Runkeeper track your workout. With a double push – keep track of your workout reps. By holding Flic down for a second – hang-up any incoming calls that might interrupt your workout.
In your car, use Flic to help you keep your hands off your phone. With a single push – play and pause your music, send a text message to a specified contact that you are on your way, and start your navigation system. With a double push – skip to the next track. Hold Flic down to share your location with a specified contact.
In your office, use Flic to help you manage your time. With a single push – set a timer, and at the same time, slack a post to your colleagues that you should not be disturbed. With a double push – send a mail to a group of people informing them that the meeting starts in 5 minutes. Lastly, hang up your incoming calls with the hold trigger when you are in the middle of a meeting.
There are hundreds of different things you can do with your Flic buttons. Check our Instagram page to see Flic in action!
What are others saying about it?
Many hundreds of thousands of Flic smart buttons have been sold and shipped to over 110 different countries. The press loves it, and CNET even made a cool video of their five favorite use cases for Flic.
How do I get Flic?
Shop Flic Smart Buttons here.
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Also published on Medium.