bt.tn and flic are just what the name suggests: connected push buttons that can trigger actions. Together with IFTTT they can trigger a growing number of services. Relating to the connectivity bt.tn and flic differ.
The bt.tn has built-in internet connectivity and needs no smartphones or apps to pair with. Flic uses a Bluetooth low energy connection to an Android or iOS smart phone and the flic app for network connection.
These offers are interesting to experiment with. But, we can build such an IoT Button by yourself and save a lot of money.
D1 mini combined with an 1-Button shield is one solution. You can buy both for $ 4.99 from Aliexpress.
IFTTT offers channels for bt.tn and flic. IFTTT’s Maker Channel allows you to connect IFTTT to your personal projects like this IoT Button.
This time my IoT Button sends a Twitter Direct Message after pressing it. It’s a starting point to test the mechanism.
The configuration of IFTTT is well documented and should be no problem.
For a door contact application step-by-step instructions for IFTTT setup are in my book “IoT Node for les than 15 $”.
This time I work on reducing power consumption to get a battery-powered solution.