In this day in age, we rely heavily on our smartphones to complete all sorts of tasks which can include waking us up in the mornings, listening to music, turning on our lights, or communicating with someone on the opposite side of the world. To complete a majority of these actions, we must do quite a bit beforehand such as turning on our phone, entering the passcode, opening the specific app, etc. My point is, these actions that we complete on a daily basis take a lot of our time and can get annoying having to do them over and over again. Here’s where Flic comes in! No, it doesn’t stop up from having to do these actions, but it does replace them by bringing them to the physical world through a simple tactile button.
Pictured above is the Flic itself. As can be seen, it’s just a hair bigger than a US quarter. Don’t let its small size fool you, this wireless button can do so much more than you think! The Flic can be stuck to just about anything with it’s sticky, rubber-like back. It even comes with an interchangeable clip that you can clip to an article of clothing. When I first stuck the Flic on my desk, I got a little worried that it was never going to come off, or if it did, it was going to leave behind a sticky residue. Luckily, nothing was left behind, and I was ready to stick it to whatever else I could find. I then found myself worried again because I thought the more surfaces I stuck it to, the weaker the stickiness of it was going to become. Well, after seeking the instructions, that’s not the case! The back of the Flic can be removed and washed an infinite amount of times to regain its stickiness. With everything that’s been said thus far, it’s safe to say that Flic can be stuck and removed from anything as many times as you desire.
Flic is powered by a small coin celled battery which can easily be replaced by removing the back cover. You can expect the battery to last around a year which is quite good considering it’s always on. For the actual function of the Flic, it’s powered by your smartphone with the free Flic app via Bluetooth.
Setting up Flic is a very simple and straightforward process. All you have to do is click the Flic once, and the let the app do the rest of the work. As soon as you have successfully connected the Flic to your phone, you are greeted with the option to add tasks. You can assign up to three actions per Flic. One action for a click, one for a double click, and one for a hold. For me, three actions were enough, but some people may prefer more which is why you can buy and add multiple Flic’s to the app.
As I mentioned before, there are tons of tasks you can do with your Flic. When you are assigning a task to your Flic through the app, you are presented with the screen above where you can scroll through all of the excellent options. When I first got my Flic, I was like a kid in a candy store trying to decide which tasks I wanted my Flic to do. Flic can even be used for less serious things such as making fart noises. 🙂 To this day, my favorite action is the camera trigger. I can set my phone up against something and use my Flic to wirelessly snap a picture. You can even stick a Flic to the steering wheel of your car and use it to control your music. The best thing about Flic is that the app is constantly being updated with tons of new tasks and features allowing you to do more with your Flic. One last thing I forgot to mention is that Flic is compatible with IFTTT so you can do even more tasks beyond the ones found in the app.
All in all, Flic is truly an amazing piece of technology. It simplifies tasks we do on our phones by bringing them to the real world. There are so many tasks to choose from, and there’s much more to come in the future as they continue to update it. My only complaint about the Flic is that the Flic app has to be opened in the background on your phone in order for it to operate. Your phone can be off, but the app can’t be completely closed. Other than this little roadblock, I have gotten a lot of use out of my Flic and enjoy it each and every time I click it. At the end of the day, it is a button, and you obviously can’t do everything on it such as type a text or like a post on Instagram, but it does make certain actions faster and easier. The Flic is not one of those gadgets necessary to own, but it is there when you need it and does come in handy on multiple occasions.