A WIFI version of Flic
- so no phone is required and actions can be set on an owner or flic hosted website!
Hi everyone! We’re going to mark this idea as “under review” since the Flic Hub (http://bit.ly/flichub) is in process and that will allow you to use your Flics without a phone, and program them via wifi/ethernet.
It’s not the exact idea all of you are asking for in the comments but we believe it solves the main issue everyone agrees on: using Flics without your phone.
We’re sure the Flic Hub will solve a lot of things for you! But we’ll leave this topic open in case anyone wants to discuss it further.
I Don't care how big this button would have to be to fit components into it. (Amazon dash buttons are able to achieve this!
I agree it would be great to connect WIFI so you can control lights etc when main phone is not around.
Aaron Roberts commented
As several other people have said, Amazon has clearly solved the battery problem with their WiFi dash buttons. The device is rated for about 1000 presses and (I've heard) uses a AAA battery soldered onto the main-board. For the lifetime rating to be listed by presses and not days or weeks they must be connecting to the wifi when the button is pressed. Latency is clearly more important for, say, turning on a light than ordering something on the internet, but the people who have hacked them for home automation purposes seem to have had success.
For the power consumption this could work. everything depend on the use case...
I have read somewhere that it support 1000 click but not an official source.
Amazon Dash button is an example of WiFi button.
And youre battery can be replaced twice a day.
Wifi wont work , to much energy consuming.
I like the idea of a hub to bridge bluetooth to wifi.
Alessandro Fiastri commented
Better a wi/fi - Bluetooth hub to connect the flics to the internet
Here ya go: https://bt.tn
It's a lot bigger, however, but worked very well for me paired with IFTTT.
You could hack an Amazon Dash button for that :
More info : https://medium.com/@edwardbenson/how-i-hacked-amazon-s-5-wifi-button-to-track-baby-data-794214b0bdd8#.kwcmd6jiy
Or zome some kind of wifi/bluetooth hub to connect Flic to wifi.
I want to use the fli to connect and control my Homewizard www.homewizard,.com
Power counsumption could be an issue I suppose but as far as size, I don't see that as a major hurdle anymore (see below). Even if there needed to be a size increase, it would be only slightly so and and quite forgivable when one factors in the benefit of not needing to be near a phone/tablet. If anything, I think wifi just fits into a different market. There is really no reason it can't exist.
to connect to wifi - you need a bigger infrastructure on the device and it will get bigger at least like the amazon tv size type device
Patrick Fink commented
I think Wifi consumes too much energy so that this don't really make sense despite you want to change battery every two weeks.