‘Flic’ turns your world into a giant touchscreen with programmable wireless buttons


Mobile devices have made it possible to do almost anything with just a few swipes and taps. The world is completely accessible through our glass touchscreens, but what if the world itself became a sort of touchscreen? What if you could get in your car and press the “GPS” button to open Google Maps on your phone? What if you could snooze your alarm by simply pressing a button on your nightstand? Enter “Flic.”


Flic is a wireless “smart button” that can connect to your phone to perform a wide variety of tasks. It’s like taking some of the digital UI elements from your phone and transplanting them into the real world. The Flic buttons connect to your phone via Bluetooth, and with a companion app can be programmed to do a great many things.

Like what?

  • Control lights
  • Take a picture
  • Snooze button
  • Find your phone
  • Play music
  • Send a distress signal
  • Start a timer
  • Navigate
  • Open your door
  • Order food
  • Share your location
  • Send a message
  • …and much more

You can also control Phillips Hue lights, Nest thermostat, August smartlock, and other home automation devices with Flic. It also integrates with apps such as IFTTT, Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, Yo, and Tasker. Flic is currently in the process of being funded on IndieGoGo. If this sounds like something you’re interested in be sure to check it out.

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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  1. No, this post was not sponsored. I just think it’s cool.

    1. Too bad it can’t recharge itself, and thus become like a real switch at home.

  2. Cool idea, but expensive for a button that has to be near your device. (bluetooth range) I will stick with NFC tags.

    1. What NFC tags… Same function as the clik

  3. Next thermostat?

    1. Nest thermostat… Joe’s S and X keys are really interchangeable LOL

  4. Snooze button would be nice.

  5. Being able to help find my wife’s phone would be nice

  6. I am intrigued by the idea and I really like that new ideas can be easily fostered by crowd-sourcing. However, I am also somewhat annoyed by articles stating what something “is” and what something “can do” when it still hasn’t been funded or created. Too many of these ideas never make it off the ground or don’t fulfill their promise. Please tell us what something “could be” or “could do” to properly reflect it’s current reality.

  7. I wish they were wi-fi. Then they would be more useful.

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