You may be familiar with Amazon’s “Dash Buttons” as they have been around for a little while now, allowing you to order some of your favorite household products at a touch of a button. Run out of laundry soap, Doritos or chewing gum and Amazon has you covered. There is no visiting the website or worrying about logging in. You simply press the button and your next order is sent through, charged and processed for shipping.
Users have been finding ways of hacking these bad boys to do their own bidding vs what they were sent to do, but now you can do the same without having to learn how they accomplished it. Amazon now offers a programmable IoT Dash Button that will allow you to trigger your own custom actions. It could be to turn on or off a smart light or control other device on your network (such as the Amazon Echo). You could send a Tweet or post to Facebook.
Amazon promises that the process of setting one up should be easy enough for just about anyone who has an understanding of the smart devices and social networks that surround them.
At the moment they are in a soft release which of course means that they are already out of stock (at the time of this story being published). However, with a little luck, they should be restocked soon before you know it and hopefully turned into something much larger. I am sure they would be wise to push these as add-on accessories to the Echo.