There’s no denying that in some respect, we have it pretty easy these days. We can communicate with millions of people instantaneously, stream almost all the music that’s ever been produced, GPS navigation, not to mention refrigeration. Some people think we have it too easy, and technology will turn us into a soft marshmallow-like species, that will receive dopamine hits from our pleasure pods. I choose to believe that making tasks simpler allows us to give more energy to things we really want to do in life, so I welcome companies like Shortcut Labs and their golden child, Flic, which allows so much with the press of a button.
Flic is a small rubber button that’s roughly the size of a quarter and controls WiFi, Bluetooth, and infrared devices. You set it up using the Flic app and can assign it multiple functions through the accompanying app. The first function will be performed if you push the flic once, the second if you push it twice, and the third if you hold it three times.
Some things Flic can be used for are finding your phone, pause/play your music, control the thermostat, turn the lights on/off, snooze an alarm, order a pizza, send a distress signal to someone you trust after eating too much pizza, and much more. In all seriousness, the ability to send a distress text to one or multiple people should put a company like Life Alert out of business. Flic is a durable, water-resistant product and the battery is said to last for approximately sixty thousand clicks and is easily replaced.
The people at Shortcut Labs are constantly trying to integrate new apps to Flic. In the last few years, they have set up partnerships with IFTTT and Zapier, to add even more capability to Flic. Flic retails at $34 but after seeing what it can do you’re most likely going to want to order the 4 pack at $99, and place them all over.