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Amazon Introduces $20 Dash-Like Button For IoT (slashgear.com) 52

An anonymous reader shares a Slashgear article: Amazon has revealed a programmable Dash Button which can be assigned to any product or purpose, a customizable version of its one-touch reordering gadgets. The AWS IoT Button looks just like the existing Dash Buttons, which allow products from more than 100 brands to be ordered with a single tap -- no web browser required -- and delivered to a preset address, but is designed for developers and Internet of Things tinkerers to dig into. So, rather than having a new multipack of toilet rolls, or a fresh box of laundry detergent added to your shopping list, the AWS IoT Button could be used to trigger your lights, integrate with popular APIs from Twitter, Slack, Facebook, or others, or summon a car through Uber.It appears Amazon has already sold out its current batch.
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Amazon Introduces $20 Dash-Like Button For IoT

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  • by NotDrWho ( 3543773 ) on Friday May 13, 2016 @03:08PM (#52107625)

    ...and also don't have a cat.

  • by bistromath007 ( 1253428 ) on Friday May 13, 2016 @03:13PM (#52107669)
    Who needs an Arduino or some shit like that? It's such a hassle programming one to be a light switch that sends telemetry data to Amazon on my own.
    • Well considering the arduino + a case + interface, I think they are saying hey for $20 - give us some of your data and we will give you something in a nice package.
      • by zlives ( 2009072 )

        actually, they already have your data from buying from amazon. what this does is lock you in to amazon so you never have to think about supporting your local stores at all.

        • Well since I live in a high rise apartment in a city and don't own a car, I don't give a fuck about "supporting" local stores that are out of walking distance anyhow, so I'm fine with that.

          I'm not going to go out of my way to pay higher prices, have to go to the store when it's OPEN, and deal with service drones.

          Sorry, that's the way it is.

    • by GNious ( 953874 )

      Here's a problem: If this requires sending data of any kind to Amazon in order to turn on my lights (see: examples above), then it WILL fail eventually, and it wont score a sufficiently high WAF.

  • Meh (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    It's trivially easy to hack these things without going through sketchy amazon IoT services.

    https://github.com/dekuNukem/Amazon_Dash_Button

  • Pointless (Score:5, Informative)

    by U2xhc2hkb3QgU3Vja3M ( 4212163 ) on Friday May 13, 2016 @03:28PM (#52107771)

    I've read on the website that the battery cannot be replaced or recharged and that the life expectation is around 1000 button presses.

    It's fine if you only push the button once a week to order something regularly (lasts a bit over 19 years) but for IoT usage it's not going to last nearly long enough for anything useful.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I've read on the website that the battery cannot be replaced or recharged

      Not with that attitude!

    • by stephanruby ( 542433 ) on Friday May 13, 2016 @03:58PM (#52107949)

      I've read on the website that the battery cannot be replaced or recharged and that the life expectation is around 1000 button presses.

      It's fine if you only push the button once a week to order something regularly (lasts a bit over 19 years) but for IoT usage it's not going to last nearly long enough for anything useful.

      The solution is easy. You get yourself a meta button, basically a second button to order new buttons.

      And voila, you have yourself a self-sustaining recursive solution.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Apparently it's just a AAA battery spot welded in place. Just cutoff the metal tabs holding the battery in place and solder in some springy tabs from an old device and 3D print a new removable bottom cover. Simple!

    • TIn 19 years none of the cloud infrastructure used by the button is going to work. You'll be lucky if the APis last a year. So that's like 3 button presses a day before your IoT button stops working anyway.
  • YES! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Eyezen ( 548114 ) on Friday May 13, 2016 @03:29PM (#52107777)
    I can push a button to turn on my lights! I've always wanted to do that.
    • by zlives ( 2009072 )

      i just wait for the sun to come out, without a light button (tm) it was too much work lighting fires in each room.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    $20 to get a blank one, or $5 to get one with a Tide logo or whatever on it but you can just hack it.
    https://medium.com/@edwardbenson/how-i-hacked-amazon-s-5-wifi-button-to-track-baby-data-794214b0bdd8 [medium.com]

    • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

      This. If Amazon wants people to take it seriously in this space, you have to actually get something of value for that extra $15. You know, like a way to replace the battery. I was ready to order one until I saw that bit. If I'm going to buy something where the hardware is just going to fail in a few months, then it will always be a lousy hack, and I might as well save $15 and make it an only slightly bigger hack by using the standard buttons and sniffing the packets.

  • https://encouragementblock.org... [encouragementblock.org]
  • by Yggdrasil42 ( 662251 ) on Friday May 13, 2016 @03:43PM (#52107847) Homepage

    "The battery should last for approximately 1,000 presses. When the device battery runs out of charge, there is no way to recharge or replace the battery."

  • by Livius ( 318358 ) on Friday May 13, 2016 @03:52PM (#52107901)

    a programmable Dash Button which can be assigned to any product or purpose

    Also known as a 'button'.

  • by omnichad ( 1198475 ) on Friday May 13, 2016 @04:12PM (#52108043) Homepage

    Would make a great wireless doorbell button, if you could get in there and make the battery easily replaced.

    • How many visitors do you have? Seriously. 1000 button pushes is a LOT. Battery life is the least if your problems if you're getting that many visitors.
      • I'm not saying it won't last 5 or 6 years, but with package deliveries often getting a doorbell push when I'm not even home, I would expect 100 per year minimum.

        It's true that $20 every 5 years isn't a lot, but there's no guarantee of there being a replacement still available by then. And on principle, I wouldn't pay $30 to replace a battery.

  • I got me these flic buttons https://flic.io/ [flic.io] to control my LIFX bulbs, but they could be programmed to do literally anything a script on your computer could do, or anything from dozens of included IoT plugins... I think the only difference is that FLIC requires a computer or other device to act as go-between (doesn't connect directly to your wifi)
  • https://youtu.be/bYYAzSzgU9c [youtu.be]

    Published on Oct 29, 2015
    This video shows how I managed to hack Amazon's Dash Button as well as wire up one of Amazon's AWS IoT Buttons with Node.js to order me beer via Drizly. I teamed up with Drizly to get access to their API and will always have my favorite beer available at the press of a button!

  • "Slashdot has signed an agreement with Amazon for an IoT button registered Slashdotters can get for free! It will 1-push reorder boxes of kleenex!"

  • by wwalker ( 159341 ) on Friday May 13, 2016 @06:41PM (#52109021) Journal

    You can get an Arduino Mini board with WiFi module for less than $10 total and have as many buttons as you like, and a replaceable/rechargeable battery. It won't be as small though.

  • It was annoying enough when you pocket dialed your wife when you sat down with your phone in your pocket. Now you might have to explain to the FedEx driver that you didn't really mean to order $2000 worth of stuff.
  • Amazon has a bunch of Dash buttons, but I wonder if they would do better making the buttons with an e-Ink display so only one model is needed, and depending on the function or product it is paired/activated with, would display the logo of that.

    This would definitely be useful for IoT.

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