Wow, jealous of the android app, didn't know there was so much more functionality compared to the iOS app.
This is really poor. The one piece of functionality that I wanted and you can't deliver. So much for being an early backer! Ive been waiting for this update for ages. In the end I bought a Satechi button that calls up SIRI. Its been on the market for over 6 months. Guys this is really poor. Have flic'ed my buttons off my desk and in the trash
Flic for pi3..
These boards are new.. so hopefully this is the beginning of a vibrant community and I'm asking in the right place.
I found Flic because I was looking for a simple bluetooth button that I could use to drive home automation. Flic seemed to fit the bill, especially with the implementation of the Linux SDK in response to the request for that feature.
I have an RPi3 that is my test device, with Raspbian Jesse installed. So this is about as simple/straightforward as it gets - no weird bluetooth dongles to play with, nothing exotic like Arch - this should be the most straightforward works-out-of-the-box implementation possible.
The instructions are included at the github repository. They are easy enough to follow, although incomplete for RPi3 - there a few additional libraries needed in order for bluez to build properly.
The troubleshooting steps at the end were helpful and needed to get basic connectivity going. So that's all good.
However, in the end, I was not able to achieve connectivity following the instructions. I went to create an issue on github, only to find after hours of debugging that the issues I ran into were already known: there are known problems with versions of bluez newer than 5.37, although this isn't mentioned in the instructions at all. So anyone following the instructions given will fail.
I'm coming here to request that for Linux developers, an RPi3 has got to be the most basic out-of-the-box hardware that should just work. As in, it should be extremely well-tested that a new developer getting started following your instructions will have success. The barrier to entry here is extremely low - we can buy an RPi3 for about the same price as a single Flic button. So my request is to focus on the RPi3 as a "reference platform" and nail down that new developer experience to make it smooth.
Then if developers want to branch out and go crazy with C.H.I.P. devices or Arduino or some other ARM or x86 platform and you want to support those too, great. But this is my request to please at least make the RPi3 onboarding experience rock solid. I expect you'll have a lot more uptake and people singing your praises if you can tap into the millions of RPI users and make them happy from Day 1 using your product.
Thanks for listening.
Flic solves the Hue Lights problem
Well - for me it did not solve the LIFX problem.
Although the Flic app immediately recognized my bulb's it can't control them.
I get an error message saying that my LIFX is unreachable and sometimes I get HTTP error 524.
My LIFX app on the other hands have no problem communicating. Nor does LIFXStyle on my Mac
Flic for pi3..
I am the developer of the Linux SDK so I'll keep a look in this thread at regular intervals.
A quick status update: Since I released the SDK in January I have not had nearly as much time as I expected to work with the SDK. I am thus very grateful that developers continue to report bugs and beta test the library. Instead we have been working with some very exciting improvements of Flic, some of which was released yesterday (The 2.0 release). As soon as this is also completed on Android I'll have more time to work with the SDK. Hopefully the new improvements will also be available on Linux.
Regarding your request: we do indeed aim to make RPi3 the main platform. I recently tested it with the latest release and was able to connect 10 buttons without failure for several days. It's a good idea to try and lower the entry level even more, maybe by providing a installation script for Raspbian.
@h.krapf unfortunately that sounds like you have one of the original flics. Did you get it from the Indiegogo campaign?
The Flic app 2.0 update says...
The new actions are not visible to you if you have one of the first Flics we created as these cannot be updated. Keep an eye in your email as we will do what we can to fix this for you
Not great news I know but I hope I've helped.
I can't find any info regarding the expected life of a battery in the flic. Clearly the more the button is pressed the shorter the life but generally, what are people's experiences?
My Flic survived 3 weeks
About 3 weeks ago I noticed my Flic was gone from my belt, I went back to look for it and couldn't find it. Yesterday after 3 weeks of assuming it dead, I found it buried in the ground under a layer of wet dirt , it has been raining for days!!!. I cleaned under the water and let it to dry all night. Today it works perfectly!
@Sebastian I've had mine 4 months using them each about 10 times a day and they are still going strong.
Flic website says they can last up to 5 years. Easily replaceable coin battery so if I get a couple of years out of each one I'll be happy.