The age of Internet of Things is upon us. Smart devices, ranging from thermostats and security cameras to vacuum cleaners and door locks, offer convenience for a price. Amazon launched its own Internet of Things initiative this summer by announcing the controversial Amazon Dash, a small plastic button that you can attach to ordinary things at home such as toilet papers and Ziploc bags.
The gadget received mix reviews because of its purpose—to keep you buying more stuff from Amazon. But Amazon is showing us that it is serious about home automation. The company said that it has expanded its list of device partners supporting its Dash Replenishment Service( DRS).
For starters, the Dash Replacement Service is a compliment to Amazon's Dash button. DRS aims to enable home appliances to monitor their supply levels so that they can automatically reorder, replenish, and replace supplies and parts when running low. Amazon already listed Whirlpool, Brother, and Brita as its partners.
Today, eleven companies have joined the project, including General Electric, Samsung, August, Gmate, Oster, Obe, Petnet, Clever Pet, Sutro, Thync, and Sealed Air. This means that printers can finally reorder ink before they run out and washing machines can reorder detergent when the supply is low.
The idea here is home automation, which offers a degree of convenience. Imagine an August Smart Lock that can reorder batteries, a Gmate SMART Blood Glucose Meter that orders more testing supplies, a Samsung Laser Printer that monitors its ink usage, and a hand sanitizer that never runs out of supply. Isn't that convenient?
Amazon says that the first batch of DRS-enabled home appliances are coming later this year. For it to work, participating manufacturers will need to connect to Amazon's API. The process is simple as adding a few lines of code into an appliance's software, Amazon said.
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“Customers don’t have to do anything—they can simply rely on the connected device to automatically reorder the consumables that keep their homes running smoothly,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President of Amazon Devices. “For device makers, DRS makes it easy to add re-ordering functionality to their devices to deliver a helpful and differentiated experience for customers.”