When Flic first debuted its Smart Button, I thought that we had finally found the perfect alternative to unreliable (and annoying) voice assistants. But you need more than just a simple smart home button if you really want to ditch Alexa and Google. That’s why Flic is working on the Twist smart home controller, a smart home button with a dial that can trigger several custom events and routines.
At its core, the Flic Twist is a beefed up version of the original Flic Smart Button. You can press its center button to toggle lights, trigger Alexa routines, or start other smart home routines. Then, you can turn the dial to adjust things like smart bulb temperature or brightness, or even change the volume of a connected speaker.
There’s also an interesting “Push Rotate” mode for even more custom smart home triggers. You can press the Flic Twist’s center button while rotating its dial to adjust all of the smart bulbs in your home, for example, or set off your connected sprinklers.
Oh, and here’s a crazy thing—Flic announces that it’s bringing Matter support to all of its products in 2022 (starting with the Flic Twist). Flic products already offer wide compatibility for LIFX, Philips Hue, Alexa, and Sonos devices, but the Matter universal smart home standard will greatly expand Flic’s usability. (Major brands like Google and Apple are also committed to Matter.)
The new Flic Twist is wireless, has replaceable AA batteries, and can mount anywhere in your home. Flic plans to sell the Twist for €99 (about $115 USD) later this year, though you can get a Flic Twist for the €79 (about $92) early bird price at Kickstarter on November 2nd, 2021.