Flic is a small low power Bluetooth 4.0 button that comes with a companion app that lets you program your buttons to your liking. Here is a small review on the product, click to read more.
The Flic companion app is compatible with both Android and iOS. It is a versatile app that let´s you program your flick to just about anything. The app also has an IFTTT.com integration so the possibilities are just about endless.
The setup of the flic was very simple. Just open the app, register an account and start pressing your flic´s to add them one by one.
In the slideshow below you can see all the integrations the app has today, and there are more coming.
The look and feel of the button is very satisfying, the button is tactile and feels the way it should feel when pressed. The signal to the app and the reaction within the app to the command is almost imminent. It is hard sometimes to remember which flic is which. I wished there was a small number or code at the back to be able to distinguish them from each other. This is probably just a problem during testing when they are so close to one other. I am guessing that as soon as you attach them defined objects that you will remember what they do. I have tested lot´s of different setups with my flic. I tried it as a camera trigger, Smart home lights control, IFTTT triggers, Logitech Harmony activities and a range of other solutions within the app.
I have attached a clic to the headrest by the bed in the main bedroom. One click turns on the TV two clicks turns it off and long press engages the good night function of my smart home. I love having the possibility of controlling devices from wherever; a computer a switch or an app. The ease of this single switch however increases the level of simplicity. Something that took me 10-15 seconds before is done in 3 now.
The flic is not without faults. I have not been able to successfully use the HTTP Get function. I keep getting "HTTP Error 401". The command i have tried is copied straight out of tasker for android and is working fine there. I am not sure if this is a problem with the Flic app or service somehow. The Logitech Harmony plugin also seems to be somewhat unstable and has disconnected a couple of times asking me to reconnect to Harmony. I am not sure if this is specific to the Flic app but i can inform you that i have had similar problems with other services using the Harmony API so i choose to blame it instead of flic. Other than that is works the way it is promoted. There is a natural limitation on the button since it is bluetooth and that is that you need to have your phone in close proximity of the device and it will only work with one device. I have not used the buttons long enough to verify or test battery capacity but i will make sure to keep you posted. Other than the issues i encountered above which are probably smaller tweaks away from being rectified, i would strongly recommend this product. It is not exactly cheap but for the functionality available i would buy it again or buy more of them.
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