If you had a button that could do anything, what would you make it do? In my ideal smart home, that button would simplify otherwise complicated automation: press it once, turn off the lights; press it twice, turn on my game console; hold it down, order a pizza. And as it turns out, Flic, a smart button from Sweden-based Shortcut Labs, does exactly that and more.
Flic started as anin 2014, and received over eight times its funding target (nearly a million dollars). Now it's making its way into , priced at $34 (about £24 and AU$47) per button or $99 (about £70 and AU$147) for four. The concept is simple: take a Bluetooth-enabled button, put it anywhere you want, and connect it to every app and device you can imagine. And it works, for the most part. Flic is a great product, especially for and UK residents, and it looks like it will only keep getting better with each new partnership it adds.
An integration device like Flic is all about the partnerships. Shortcut Labs has partnered with Unified Remote, , , Zapier, and even Domino's. Yes, that means you can order a pizza with the press of a button -- if you live in the UK. Users in the US will have to wait for that feature to cross the Atlantic., , , ,
The big question is this: Should you buy Flic? And the answer is, probably. It's relatively cheap -- if you get the four-pack, it's about $25 (£18 or AU$35) each -- and the button has something for everyone. That said,have around 50 Flic functions at present, as opposed to 27 functions on . And UK users will get that awesome pizza-button function, whereas US and Australian users will have to wait for that. So some people definitely get a more flexible product out of the box than others.