May 17, 2016

Amazon announces its limited release of the programmable Dash Button.

“The AWS IoT Button is a programmable button based on the Amazon Dash Button hardware. This simple Wi-Fi device is easy to configure and designed for developers to get started with AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon SNS, and many other Amazon Web Services without writing device-specific code.”
(Amazon, 2016)

The button, sold for $20, opens up a whole new field of possibilities: all you have to do is go to the cloud to code the button’s logic and tailor it to your needs. It can do anything from calling someone or starting a car to giving feedback and even ordering you pizza while you pause Netflix! The possibilities for interaction with connected objects are endless and only depend on the user’s imagination.

While this is exciting news, there is a major limitation: the battery. It is meant to last 1000 presses before it dies. And unfortunately, the battery is not replaceable. Users have to buy a new button and reprogram it. So while the concept of the AWS IoT Button is extremely interesting it would appear that this is not a long-term solution.

The AWS IoT Button is nonetheless a way of introducing the general public to basic coding and programming if they are willing to invest a little time and money into this engaging new IoT option. 

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