Flic is an awesome physical button you can push to control smart home devices.
You can stick them and re-stick to almost anywhere or even attach them to clothing or other objects using the accessory clip.
Useful icon stickers are available too so you know what each button is assigned to do.
Plus with one button, you can map single click, double click and long click events. So one button can potentially be used for three things!
Imagine being able to push a Flic button to trigger your beloved Alexa Routines.
Physical buttons are especially useful when you don't want to use your voice, for example; discreetly triggering your goodnight routine from your bedside table without waking your partner.
With Flic and the official Alexa integration you can do just that.
Flic also allows you to make HTTP requests so you can plug in the Voice Monkey API to allow you to do even more with Alexa.
Voice Monkey extends Alexa's smart home capabilities.
It offers an API to trigger Alexa Routines remotely from services such as IFTTT or in this case, the Flic app.
You can also start Flows, Voice Monkey Apps and make Text to Speech (Announcements).
To give you an insight, here's how to trigger a Routine using Flic and Voice Monkey:
The process is easy.
Firstly, sign up to Voice Monkey and create a Voice Monkey Routine Trigger device.
A device is simply a virtual doorbell device which can be pressed (or triggered). We can use these doorbells as triggers in our Alexa Routines.
Create an Alexa Routine that does something you want (e.g. turn on a smart light) and use your Voice Monkey device as the trigger.
Back in Voice Monkey, head to the API Playground for Routine Triggers, select the device you created then copy the API URL.
In the Flic mobile app, configure the button with the action “Internet Request” and then copy and paste the URL from step 3.
Now when you push the Flic button, it will make a request to that URL which will trigger your Alexa Routine. Boooom!
You can create as many Voice Monkeys devices are you want for free, so you could create one for each Flic button event (e.g. push, double push and long push).
How are you using Flic Buttons and Alexa Routines? Let us know!
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