In early 2015, Amazon announced the first Dash Button, indicating a more convenient future. The $5 Dash Button has been around for about a year now, with over 100 branded flavors, but it’s still the same plastic button that orders things. However, the company’s new Dash Button is different. It is not for re-ordering products; rather it’s a programmable Dash Button that you can assign to any product or purpose.
The new AWS IoT Button can be programmed to do virtually anything. It can be used as a control to fire up Netflix, switch on a Philips Hue Bulb or summon a car through Uber rather than used to order toilet paper or detergent powder. Also, it can be integrated with Facebook, Twitter, or Slack.
“You can code the button’s logic in the cloud to configure button clicks to count or track items, call or alert someone, start or stop something, order services, or even provide feedback. For example, you can click the button to unlock or start a car, open your garage door, call a cab, call your spouse or a customer service representative, track the use of common household chores, medications or products, or remotely control your home appliances,” Amazon wrote on the website.
Currently, Amazon has released it as a limited edition. This looks exactly as the previous Dash Buttons but costs $19.95. Well, it’s a bit pricey but means a lot for developers. It’s mustering developers to identify the possible good uses of the button. So, let’s wait to see what those geniuses come up with.