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Buttons are the most effective. They’ll make your good house “simply work” and don’t require wiring, transforming your house, or shouting at a speaker to make magic occur. Need the lights to dim, your TV to activate, your thermostat to regulate, and your entrance door to lock with one faucet? Get a button.

The latest button from good house button maker Flic, launching right this moment, provides an thrilling twist to the button idea. The Flic Twist ($88.88) is a button that you would be able to push, double-push, twist, and push and twist to manage any linked machine.

The twist function, specifically, is effectively suited to dimming lights, adjusting speaker quantity or thermostat temperature, and controlling shades — all capabilities which can be arduous to realize with only a button press.

As a button, its capabilities are just like the Wemo Stage Scene Controller I’ve reviewed, though it makes use of Bluetooth LE, whereas that makes use of Thread. The twist operate is just like the Philips Hue Faucet Dial, which, whereas designed to be used with Hue lighting merchandise, can be utilized with Apple House for wider capabilities.

The brand new Flic Hub Mini is a extra inexpensive possibility for connecting Flic’s buttons. Picture: Flic

Nonetheless, the Flic Twist has wider compatibility than both of these choices. It may management gadgets from many good house staples, together with Philips Hue, Lifx, Ecobee, Spotify, Ikea, and Sonos. It additionally works with good house platforms, together with Apple House, Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT.

The Flic Twist launched on Kickstarter in 2021 however is now accessible to preorder from Flic’s web site for a reduction of $80 and can ship later this month. The button has a magnetic mount so you’ll be able to connect it to a wall, and it runs off two AAA batteries.

The draw back right here is the price and the required hub wanted to make the Flic Twist work exterior of a Bluetooth connection to your cellphone. Nonetheless, the corporate is launching a brand new, cheaper hub — the Flic Hub Mini ($40) — which powers the Bluetooth LE Flic Twist and Flic’s vary of different good house buttons.

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