Order things with the push of an Amazon Dash Button


Amazon’s push-to-order buttons are now available for $4.99. 


Wouldn’t it be nice if you could skip last-minute trips to the grocery store? Instead, what if you were able to order a few items with merely the press of a button? Well, that is now a reality thanks to Amazon.

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Given that Amazon first unveiled Dash Buttons on March 31, many speculated that the product was just an elaborate April Fools’ joke. However, they are now available to all Prime members for $4.99 each, with each one linked specifically to brands like Tide, Bounty, Cottonelle, Glad, Gatorade, Wellness Pet Food and Gerber. These buttons enable you replenish household goods immediately without needing to be reminded, not to mention lets you save time by skipping the search process.

How it works is pretty straightforward: You place the adhesive, push-to-order buttons throughout your home where essential items will most likely be found, such as the pantry, laundry room or cleaning closet. Once connected to Wi-Fi, a single touch of a branded button will automatically place an order to your default address using the payment method on file. Amazon then sends an alert to your phone, so it’s easy to cancel should you change your mind.

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If you recall, Amazon unveiled a handheld wand last year that was designed to help keep your AmazonFresh shopping list forever up to date and pantry stocked by saying or scanning a desired item. The new system is essentially a simplified extension of that, except all you need to do is tap the specially-marked button for each corresponding product.

The Dash Button is also tied to Amazon’s Dash Replenishment service. Brother printers, Brita water filters and Whirlpool washers and dryers will be among the first to integrate automated or easy ordering into the equipment. For instance, an automatic pet food dispenser made with built-in sensors can measure the amount of pet food remaining in its container and place an order before running out. Device makers can even start using DRS with as little as 10 lines of code. What’s more, Amazon says that this isn’t entirely for manufactures. The company is actually looking to work with device makers of all sizes, including hobbyists.

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At the moment, there are 18 different brands participating and eligible goods ranging from toilet paper and diapers to trash bags and pet food. Interested? Head over to its official site here. Whether or not this takes off, one thing is for certain: the Internet of Things will surely influence the next generation of e-commerce. Now pair this with 30-minute drone delivery one day, and that’s convenience!