In case you hadn’t heard of Flic on their first time around the crowdfunding arena back in 2015, they are a Swedish based tech company that specializes in simplifying our lives by using small nickel size clicky buttons that can be placed anywhere; a wall, table, couch, car, fridge, etc. The original design,which has proven to have worldwide success, was designed so that the “Flic” buttons could only work in sync with your smartphone, certainly not tragic. However, it presented the eventual issue of Flic users wanting to use the functions when their smartphone wasn’t in close range or was off, or whatever. So now the same team has come up with the Flic Hub, which is a small rectangular shaped box that works to connect all of your wi-fi and bluetooth enabled smart devices, without needing your phone to work through. Still lost? Allow me to try and paint a picture of what this tech can do for you.
You come home from a late night at the office, open your apartment door to complete darkness. You forgot to leave a night lite on. No problem, you have a Flic button on the wall by the front door. Push once, and your lights come on. You get into something comfortable, sit down and are ready to watch some news and chill. Crap, you probably left the tv remote in the kitchen again, no problem because you have a Flic button on the nightstand next to the couch. Push once and the tv comes on. A pizza commercial makes you hungry and craving pizza. You were so busy at the office you skipped dinner. The same Flic button you pushed for the tv, you push twice this time instead. And mission accomplished, your usual ham and pineapple pizza is ordered. Each Flic button has 3 options; click once, click twice, and hold. All three functions can perform something different. You control what you want each function and button to do by using your Flic App. Easy enough right.
Pizza is here… and you guessed it, the delivery person pushes a Flic button to ring your doorbell. You now hold in the Flic button to turn on some romantic music… you have a crush on the delivery girl.
This is just a small example of what these buttons can do for a home that is already equipped with wi-fi, bluetooth and smart tech type devices. If you go to their crowdfunding site on Indiegogo, they offer even more examples and insight into their visions and possible uses for the Flic and Flic Hub. The Sweden team does a good job of being clear and concise about the product, what it can do, and how it could benefit you on their explanation videos and timelines. The original Flic campaign raised over %800 of their goal, to nearly 1 million dollars. They are currently at %500 of their new goal with the new product, at about $260,000 and counting. If you want to become a backer you can pick up the Flic Hub from their Indieogogo campaign for $69. This would be considering you already have some Flic buttons from their previous product though. If you don’t, you will need to the package that also includes 3 buttons for $109. However, if you want your Flic buttons to be able to function your tv, you will need to be sure you get the package with the IR blaster hook-up, that package is $124. Or you can purchase any or all of these items in separate fashion. Early backers get discounts of 30% to 45% (price mentioned is with discount already in place). You can learn all about Flic on their official site at http://flic.io , or check out their Indieogogo campaign here.
This is a very innovative and cool product that we look forward to cover going forward and will keep you up to date on. Best of luck to the Flic Hub team!