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Smart Buttons Activate Tasks on SmartPhones

Flic is a 'smart button' that tells your iPhone to STFU

As far as smart gadgets go, Flic is about as simple as it gets. It's a tiny magnetic button that can be programmed to control various functions of your phone, from silencing an alarm to snapping a photo. Each button can be programmed with three different functions -- initiated by either a single tap, double tap, or push and hold -- and at US$27 they're relatively cheap.

[How can Randa use this concept and technology?  Think of touching your tie bar to take a photo, or your belt buckle to set a reminder, and more... DJK]

If this sounds like something you'd love to get your hands on, you're not alone, and the Flic campaign on Indiegogo has raised over $117,000 in just the first two day, with 46 more to go. Flic's original goal was $80,000.

The potential uses for a Flic button seem to be pretty much endless, and the promo video shows it being used as a one-button activator for phone-based smart home automation features, an emergency alert button that sends a text or GPS coordinates if danger strikes, and a pre-programmed phone shortcut that can call someone with a tap. Perhaps its most astounding feature is that it has a battery life of up to five years.

You can pre-order a single Flic button for the $27 standard price ($23 if you manage to snag one before the 500 discounted units run out), and you can save cash if you order more than one. Personally, I'd order one just to use as a snooze button, but that's probably just me.


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