It can call a cab or brew you a cup of coffee with just the push of a button.
Amazon is marketing their new AWS IoT (Internet of Things) button, a programmable button using the Amazon Dash Button Hardware that can easily be configured for just about any job.
Amazon recently listed the button for sale on its site, as well as customiable versions of Amazon Dash buttons, according to a Wired report.
The Dash buttons let you order products like pet food or coffee by just clicking a physical button, with the idea of putting these buttons wherever you keep the products so that once you run out, you just have to give that button a click and it sends more to your door.
Amazon had created more than 100 different buttons so far, but there had been no way to make your own for a specific product you want it for — until now. The new AWS IoT buttons cost $19.95 and will be available May 15, offering a way for developers to learn more about this IoT offering.
The question is whether non-programmers will be able to make their own at some point, as Amazon hasn’t provided any indication that that will be the case. It also doesn’t say whether companies can create buttons for their own products.
“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,” Amazon’s description reads. “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.”