Amazon’s Dash Button could just be a piece of hardware that would order you some toilet paper with the click of a button when needed, or perhaps some more dog food, but the company’s new Dash button isn’t for re-ordering products at all — it’s a programmable button that hooks users into the Internet of Things.
The AWS IoT button connects to Wi-Fi and relies upon Amazon’s AWS cloud services. Because of this, can be easily programmed to do pretty much anything. Examples of some things the Dash button can be used to do include switching on your Phillips Hue lights, hail an Uber, send a Tweet, or even hook into Slack. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels even said that if there’s a chore you can with Alexa, you can assign it to one of these buttons.
The new Dash Button will only set you back $20 and is a great piece of hardware for developers to play around with and hook into third-party services to quickly perform IoT tasks. Amazon say that the process of programming the button is easy enough to figure out that novices will be able to do it, but the capabilities extend into more advanced recipes that will see developers using their imagination to achieve unlimited possibilities.
Unfortunately the Dash Button is currently listed as out of stock, but be sure to check regularly if you want to pick one up using the link below.