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Amazon finally has a Dash button you can program to do whatever

Ask people how they feel about the Amazon Dash button and you get a pretty black or white answer: either it’s the greatest convenience ever made, or it’s so lazily single-purpose, there’s no point. After all, do we all really need a Dash button for Trojan condoms?

However you feel about the Dash button, at least we can agree that getting things done with a push of a button is generally a good thing. So Amazon is finally releasing the Dash button we should’ve had long ago: one you can program to do whatever you’d like.

Of course, programming something to perform a task with a push of a button will require the peripherals to be internet-connected. Some suggestions by Amazon include programming a Philips Hue light bulb button, a pizza order-on-demand button, Airbnb check in and out button, and a Netflix on/off switch.

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It will also work with other Amazon Web Services, such as Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon SNS without writing device-specific code.

Each button costs $20, making it a fun tool to test your IoT curiosities with especially if you’re learning code or are teaching your kids how these things work. The IoT Dash buttons are available in limited release, so to get your hands on one, you’ll need tosign up to be alerted when the next batch is up for sale.

Brad Smith

Brad Duncan is the US Editor at Bizcom, managing the North American team on content, events, features and reviews coverage. He is awesome loves to sky dive and did I mention that he is awesomely awesome!


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