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Flic buttons are a type of "smart button" that can be programmed for a variety of different use cases[1], including home automation and self-tracking, for example as a one-button tracker. The buttons can be programmed to do different things on three different presses: single press, double press, holding pressed and cost ~US $30 for a single button.

Use for self-tracking[edit | edit source]

A Flic button with its optional clip, allowing it to attach to clothing or other clipable places.

A self-research related use case for the buttons can be to set them up as a one button tracker to create records of when discrete events happen. An example of this is using the Flic button to record smoking by pressing the button every time when smoking, where the Flic will store the press in a Google Sheet[2]. Unlike other iterations of the one button tracker, the Flic buttons seem to not be able to record for how long a button was pressed, so they might be less useful if one tries to record the intensity of an event and rather only work for discrete events. For more details on the differences and how to set it up, see one button tracker.

Use for home-automation[edit | edit source]

In combination with a "Flic Hub" the buttons can be used without having to be connected to a smartphone and can be used to integrate with smart home appliances such as light bulbs, smart sockets, etc. Beyond connecting in with home automation systems such as Apple's HomeKit, Amazon's Alexa and others, the buttons can also be integrated into the automation services of IFTTT. Additionally, the buttons can also be programmed to make custom webhook requests and the optional hub provides an SDK to add functionality to it[3]. Additionally, There are Flic libraries and documentation to further customize/integrate the devices[4].

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