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Amazon Dash Button Lets You Create Your Own IoT

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You're probably familiar with those dash buttons from Amazon that make it easier to order items like detergents, paper towels, and Doritos with a single click.  Now Amazon has released a programmable version so you can create your own IoT functionality.  The simple WiFi device connects to AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon SNS, and many other Amazon Web Services without writing device-specific code.   You program the logic behind the button 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. 

To get started you'll need the button and an Amazon AWS account.  You provision the button with your AWS IoT certificate and private key.  When you click the button it connects and publishes a message.  You configure the AWS IoT Rules Engine to decode single-click, double-click, or long-press events and route them to any AWS service. Alternatively, you can create a custom action using node.js, python, or Java in an AWS Lambda function to connect to third party services such as Facebook, Twilio, or Slack.   

Amazon suggests using button 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 as example applications. 

The buttons are currently unavailable, but Amazon can send you an email once they become available again.

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