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Amazon has a new gadget for customers that brings one-click ordering into the real world: Dash buttons.
The Dash button is a little Wi-Fi button that you can stick onto various services and quickly place a replenishment order. The buttons are tied to your Amazon account, and Amazon is launching them with 18 partners to start. There's just one catch: each button is tied to a specific product.
The list of launch partners includes…
Alas, the buttons can't at this time be reprogrammed to other items on Amazon. Clearly, though Amazon's done their research and knows what their customers order the most of (really, frequent orders of heavy duty yard waste trash bags?), and partnered up to make buttons specifically for those.
In addition to the buttons, Amazon's also launching a Dash Replenishment Service that appliance makers can build into their wares. Imagine a dishwasher that automatically orders more dish soap when you're running low, or a printer that orders more ink for you (we can see that being abused…).
Regardless of if you're using the Dash button or a Dash-enabled device, when an order is placed you'll get a notification from Amazon (be it through email or the Amazon app on your smartphone). It's the kind of thing we wish Amazon Echo did — instead of just putting paper towels on my shopping list, just order more. That's what Dash button does.
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