Amazon’s Dash Buttons bring one-push ordering to all Prime members

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amazon Dash Buttons Are Available Now and Cost $5.

The firm today started selling the Dash Button, a large, wifi enabled button that can be used to reorder common household products such as washing powder or even drinks.Amazon’s Dash buttons, which let users of the online retailer order a variety of products with the press of a button, are now available to purchase — if you have a Prime membership.Amazon Dash buttons are either the peak of convenience or a step toward a commercial-rampant apocalypse, but whatever camp you happen to be in, you can now buy those amazingly awful and awfully amazing brand-specific buttons for $5 as long you’re a Prime member.

The battery-powered buttons order over Wi-Fi, and have a sticky back so you can mount them where you’re most likely to notice you’re out of an item. For $5, you’ll never have to worry about picking up a case of Smartwater or pack of mac and cheese again — just hit the button and you’ll be restocked in no time. The way these technological terrors/wonders works is you buy one (out of 18) buttons, and stick it in your pantry or laundry room or bathroom or dorm room or nursery or whatever, set up the button through your Amazon Prime account so you get exactly what you want, and then press it. It’s nothing against the product (a small, wirelessly connected strip that allows you to order a specific product from Amazon with a single button press), it just seemed too odd to be true. So, for example, Dashers could affix it to the washing machine to press when running low on detergent, or to the bathroom cabinet to enable easy re-ordering of razor blades.

The Dash Buttons feels like a hardware middle ground between driving your ass to the store and some smart device knowing when you’re low on stuff and prompting you through a universal app (or maybe just ordering it for you). Back in March this year Amazon introduced Dash Buttons, these small buttons aim to make ordering much easier for people who use Amazon to shop for products like coffee and paper towels. Operating on your home Wi-Fi network, the button will order the product when pressed and also send you a nifty notification to your iOS or Android phone. “Unless you elect otherwise, Dash Button responds only to your first press until your order is delivered”. It’s the most direct way to buy something and have it sent to your front door. “Keep Dash Button handy in the kitchen, bath, laundry, or anywhere you store your favorite products”.

Eighteen products are covered by Dash buttons at present, from cleaning supplies to baby food, and presumably more will be added if these buttons are a hit. To prevent accidental orders (and to deter mischievous children) only one order can be out for delivery at a time, and users can get email alerts to quickly cancel new orders.

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