Press Amazon’s IRL Button to Call a Cab or Whatever

AWS_IoT_button_short-s-1024x768Amazon has listed customizable AWS IoT Buttons for sale on its site, customizable versions of its Amazon Dash buttons. The Dash buttons take the company’s “one-click” ordering quasi-offline by letting you let you order products such as pet food, toilet paper, or caffeinated beverages by pressing an internet-connected physical button. The idea is that you’ll stick the little buttons wherever you store the product, so that when you’re running low, you need only tap the button and your order is in progress.

Amazon pitches the new AWS IoT buttons, which cost $19.95 and should be in stock May 15, as a way for developers to learn how to use the company’s various cloud services, including its “IoT” offering for powering Internet of Things devices.

“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,” (the Amazon site) .

Amazon’s Dash Button are another example of this radically simplified way of doing things. With its programmable buttons, Amazon is offering another glimpse of the potential push-button future of tech.

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