Amazon is offering the AWS IoT Button for $19.99 to let anybody make their own Dash Button.
Amazon offers the AWS IoT Button to let developers build their own Dash Button. The company offered a year ago already the same open button under the name AWS re:Invent. The new AWA IoT Button has a new design. It is not clear if it also has hardware upgrades.
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The $19.99 AWS IoT Button is a programmable Wi-Fi device that connects to the Amazon cloud. It is 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.
You can code the button's logic in the cloud to configure button clicks to count or track items, call or alert someone, start or stop something, order services, or even provide feedback. For example, you can click the button to unlock or start a car, open your garage door, call a cab, call your spouse or a customer service representative, track the use of common household chores, medications or products, or remotely control your home appliances.
The button can be used as a remote control for Netflix, a switch for your Philips Hue light bulb, a check-in/check-out device for Airbnb guests, or a way to order your favorite pizza for delivery. You can integrate it with third-party APIs like Twitter, Facebook, Twilio, Slack and more.
AWS has a free tier for 12 months to build your IoT Button solution. The AWS IoT Button is available here.
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Amazon offers over 100 Dash Button for popular brands to re-order on a push of a button. The Dash Buttons sell for $4.99 each, but customers get $4.99 credit after teh first button press, making them free.