Amazon’s latest Dash button can call an Uber, open your garage and more


Amazon’s Dash Buttons are great. You press the button, and a package shows up on your doorstep within a few days. You can use it to quickly order refills for diapers, laundry detergent or whatever else you go through frequently.

But the problem is that you have to buy new buttons for each product, and you could only use them to buy those products. Their latest innovation — a programmable Dash Button — blows that limitation wide open.

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Developers can write code to have the button do whatever it is they want the button to do, whether that’s ordering an Uber ride, sending a text message to someone, opening your garage, turning on the lights, or even as a check-in button for Airbnb guests. One button can have multiple functions, too, with support for single-click, double-click, and long-click gestures.

We’re not yet sure what Amazon’s plans for the button are. This iteration is aimed at developers who want to get familiar with Amazon’s Web Services platform. The buttons are pretty steep at $20 each, too, compared to the $5 that regular Amazon Dash Buttons are.

Our guess is Amazon wants to begin establishing a platform for unique buttons that developers can eventually design and sell on their store. The Amazon Dash Button could augment the smart home and Internet of Things space with an easy-to-use solution that doesn’t require much setup or many expenses, a move that would help bring it to the mainstream masses who have yet to jump in. We have our eyes on this one, for sure. What kind of Dash Button would you want to buy?

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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