Sweden-based Shortcut Labs, has selected Nordic’s nRF52811 Bluetooth® 5/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to power its ‘Flic 2’ button and ‘Flic Hub LR’. The Flic 2 button enables a user to trigger functions on their Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone or tablet, as well as any connected smart devices, with the press of a button, and without the need to access individual apps or provide voice commands. The addition of the Internet-connected Flic Hub LR means the buttons can be triggered by anyone in the absence of the primary user’s smartphone.
In operation the buttons are paired to a Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity provided by the Nordic SoC. From the smartphone’s iOS or Android Flic app the user can customize each button to perform different actions based on three different triggers; a ‘push’, a ‘double push’, and a ‘hold’. For example, pushing the button once could turn on/off smart lights, pushing the button twice could play music from a smart speaker, while holding the button down could automatically trigger a smart power switch to start brewing coffee in the morning. There are over 1000 compatible devices and services available via the Flic app as well as integrations with services including IFTTT (if this then that), Microsoft Flow, and Zapier that enable users to create advanced action flows based on a single trigger.
The Flic Hub LR is an optional accessory to Flic and eliminates the need to connect the buttons to the smartphone. From early 2020 the hub will integrate Apple HomeKit capability, enabling buttons to be configured in the Apple Home app to control everything in the user’s Apple Home ecosystem. The Flic Hub LR also offers an infrared accessory enabling legacy control of TV and home entertainment systems.
More product information at https://flic.io