Turn on the damn lights! (LIFX and Hue)
I have invested in smartbulbs; lightbulbs that you can turn on and off with your smartphone. The problem is that you don't always bring your smartphone everywhere you go. And what if the batteries are out? What if you forget your phone at work? Old light switches just worked.
I would like to simply replace my existing light switches with Flic buttons. That way my lights start working like normal people expect them to.
It isn't groundbreaking, but its extremely useful.
Flic can switch Philips Hue, LIFX, Lightify, WEMO, Telldus and even more if you go through IFTTT.
John Peter Robert Sjøholm commented
Why doesn't people read the instructions? They just think; That I must have, so it can do this and this for me.
Someone should definitely come up with a new switch plate which allows you twist your a flic or several flics into it with a hidden compartment which allows you to manually turn your light on and off.
If you forget your phone, flic doesn't work... flic needs to be in bluetooth range of your phone to function.
Leif Summerfield commented
Add to the list Ilumi please!
While I can see the advantage of the Switchmate for renters, etc. they are pretty clunky looking devices. If someone wanted to replace just one switch in a multi-switch gang it looks even worse. Being able to remove switches and covering them with a blank plate then placing a Flic button on top of the plate (or even multiple buttons) would be so much more appealing. I can even envision Flic supplying cover plates with indented spots for mounting the buttons, centered and with reduced height. This would cure so many problems for those trying to introduce home automation while saddled with pre-existing devices. Imagine a one button dimmer switch (quick press toggles on/off, long press increases/decreases.) I can see myself replacing most of my wall switches.
Then there's that little price-point thing... ;-)
Quentin Romanely commented
I just saw that kickstarted option that can be great with your button solution:
Yep, you'll still need a phone or tablet to talk to the Flic...
you know you need an app between the button and the device you want to control, right?...