The biggest online retailer in the world Amazon has just released its much anticipated Dash Buttons. These tiny devices allow the user to quickly and easily order a specific household item by simply pushing a button, hence the name Amazon Dash Buttons. The new Amazon shopping gadget is available for its Prime members for $4.99 a piece.
Amazon Dash Buttons were first announced at the end of March and many believed it was some kind of April Fool’ Days prank. But Amazon was very serious and the proof is that the Dash Buttons will be delivered to the Prime members buyers by the end of July.
There are 18 Dash Buttons for sale, most of them for brands of cleaning products like Glad, Tide, Bounty and Cottonelle. But there are some Buttons that can be used for ordering food and drink products like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Gatorade, or personal hygiene products like Gillette razors.
According to Amazon, the Dash Buttons are linked to a specific brand and not to a specific product, which means that the user can set the button to order a specific product from a brand. For example, one can set up the button for the Tide brand to have it deliver a box of detergent or a dozen boxes, depending on how much the user’s needs.
The Amazon Dash Buttons are linked and managed via the Amazon app which must be installed on the smartphone. In order to prevent from ordering multiple products by accident, Amazon designed the buttons so that only the first press will make the order. As soon as the order gets delivered, the button is reset, allowing for other orders. However, the device is no child proof so a kid could accidentally press the button and a new order will be placed.
The Dash Buttons are only available for Prime members at the moment as a limited release, so anyone who wants to pre-order them must do it fast because they will sell out quickly. The smart button can be stuck on smooth surfaces like a fridge or on the side of the washing machine. According to Amazon, the Dash Buttons come with reusable adhesive and a small hook so that the users can stick, hang or place them wherever they find handy.
Amazon said it is currently working on developing home appliances that order themselves, for example a coffee machine that senses when it will be running out of beans and will place an order by itself.
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