Internet of Things buttons: a benchmark

flic buttons

The smart choice for smart buttons

As you know, in the past I had a go with the Internet of Things (IoT) to build a smart button that notifies my team the cakes have arrived. For that I used the Internet Button from Particle, but there are alternatives.

Internet Button

  • 4 buttons
  • 11 leds
  • Requires USB connection for power
  • Requires C++/JS programming
  • 20$ to 50$ shipping cost


  • 1 button with 3 actions
  • Battery last for >1 year (replaceable)
  • Easy to use and set up
  • Sends bluetooth signal to paired smartphone (50m), otherwise dumb
    • UPDATE: Flic Hub removes the need for a paired smartphone
  • 5$ free shipping cost

Amazon Dash, why not?

  • Because it’s available only in the US… #facepalm

How they compare