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    Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    The £4.99 cost of a convenient ordering button is taken off your first Amazon order.
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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Nice idea, although I'd rather it just updated a notepad document on my NAS for me to take shopping at Sainsburys.

    I'll stick to my mobile phone.

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Great that I can now order a fiesta at the push of a button

    Fine publication.

    Should sell it in an Andrex/Olay triple-pack


    On a serious note, seem like a fairly good idea (my first thought was exploitable gimmick, but the pricing model is right and looks like you can't be bankrupted by click-happy kids). A customiseable version would be good (configure it with the product ID and print your own label). Ideal for recordable media or printer ink.

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    I can see the idea but surely people too busy to buy such products the usual supermarket way aren't free to take deliveries at random points in the day... Until they solve a way to take deliveries at a house without being in it just looks like a gimmick to me...

    On a side note - Wonder if these can be reflashed to do other jobs...
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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by virtuo View Post
    Great that I can now order a fiesta at the push of a button

    Fine publication.

    Should sell it in an Andrex/Olay triple-pack


    On a serious note, seem like a fairly good idea (my first thought was exploitable gimmick, but the pricing model is right and looks like you can't be bankrupted by click-happy kids). A customiseable version would be good (configure it with the product ID and print your own label). Ideal for recordable media or printer ink.
    I'd give a real consideration for one to get printer ink

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    I believe there's a Dash button API so you can indeed customise them, although I can't find the article I read about it off hand...

    EDIT:

    Special customisable button: https://aws.amazon.com/iot/button/
    I believe you can program it to do almost anything as long as the target is "connected"...

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    I believe there's a Dash button API so you can indeed customise them, although I can't find the article I read about it off hand...

    EDIT:

    Special customisable button: https://aws.amazon.com/iot/button/
    I believe you can program it to do almost anything as long as the target is "connected"...
    Cheers ScaryJim - interesting but this quote from link you posted worries me:
    "How long will the battery last?

    The battery should last for approximately 1,000 presses. When the device battery runs out of charge, there is no way to recharge or replace the battery."

    Does this mean more electronic junk with each one of these buttons (not just the programmable one)? Seems very wasteful.
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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    Cheers ScaryJim - interesting but this quote from link you posted worries me:
    "How long will the battery last?

    The battery should last for approximately 1,000 presses. When the device battery runs out of charge, there is no way to recharge or replace the battery."

    Does this mean more electronic junk with each one of these buttons (not just the programmable one)? Seems very wasteful.
    Shame as they are just regular batteries in there, ultrasonicsonic welded cases though so you'll destroy the casing opening it up - wouldn't take much for amazon to just add clips:

    https://mpetroff.net/2016/07/new-ama...ardown-jk29lp/


    Thinking about it, 1000 purchases of stuff like washing powder will see you many years anyway, and the cost of the buttons is technically zero as long as you use them. I have since read elsewhere that some smart appliances can in theory talk directly to them as well, so your fancy fridge could order a replacement water filter (for example) a few days before it's due to run out.

    I also saw that the "payload" that gets sent to Amazon is very simple JSON with a device ID - so as long as the source MAC address isn't validated you could whip up a simple NFC based app to do the same thing from your phone. Which sounds more flexible.
    Last edited by virtuo; 31-08-2016 at 04:33 PM.

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by virtuo View Post
    Great that I can now order a fiesta at the push of a button

    Fine publication.
    Maybe team it up with the one beginning with D, for when you're feeling posh.

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Don't shop around. Don't support your local businesses. Only buy from us. Good citizen.

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Nobody else seen the durex one, get that stuck on your bedside cabinet!

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    I use a sophisticated JIT (just-in-time) inventory management, update and control system with automatic monitoring.

    What? Oh, a pen and list.

    Why JIT? Because I usually remember to get to the shop just in time.

    Actually, my system is a bit more complex. Normally, I keep a 'reserve' item(s) in the pantry, storeroom or freezer, depending on what it is, and when I get the reserve out and start using it, I put it on the Version 1.0 list and replace it.

    The sophisticted bit is my advanced technology, called "a brain" that has a pretty damn good grasp of how many of an item I use per day, week, etc, for high-use items, and I actually keep several if just having one in reserve would leave insufficient time to replace, so it goes on the list when the amount in stock approaches the amount used in the availabls lead time before the next shop run.

    And I manage it all without sticking stupid buttons all over the house.

    I mean, really? Are people really getting this pathetic, this inept?

    Dear Deity in Nirvana, whatever next.

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by virtuo View Post
    Thinking about it, 1000 purchases of stuff like washing powder will see you many years anyway, ...
    Perhaps that is an estimate based on a 7 year battery life.

    But they are using Duracell, so in 7 years time the insides will be covered in battery gunk and best left sealed up. They should have stuck to Energizer, could have dremelled it open and re-used it then.

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    I use a sophisticated JIT (just-in-time) inventory management, update and control system with automatic monitoring.

    What? Oh, a pen and list.

    Why JIT? Because I usually remember to get to the shop just in time.

    Actually, my system is a bit more complex. Normally, I keep a 'reserve' item(s) in the pantry, storeroom or freezer, depending on what it is, and when I get the reserve out and start using it, I put it on the Version 1.0 list and replace it.

    The sophisticted bit is my advanced technology, called "a brain" that has a pretty damn good grasp of how many of an item I use per day, week, etc, for high-use items, and I actually keep several if just having one in reserve would leave insufficient time to replace, so it goes on the list when the amount in stock approaches the amount used in the availabls lead time before the next shop run.

    And I manage it all without sticking stupid buttons all over the house.

    I mean, really? Are people really getting this pathetic, this inept?

    Dear Deity in Nirvana, whatever next.
    This (and Anazon Dash) is only stop-gap technology. When your fridge and cupboards have barcode scanners on them, you'll be able to scan items in and out and preset your default stock level, and preselect a supermarket of your choice - better still, replace the bar scanner with an RFID tag, then it removes the need to scan anything.











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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    ... When your fridge and cupboards have barcode scanners on them, you'll be able to scan items in and out and preset your default stock level, and preselect a supermarket of your choice - better still, replace the bar scanner with an RFID tag, then it removes the need to scan anything. ...
    And weight sensitive shelves, so every time you take something out then put it back it can work out how much you've used. Just think of the research possibilities in terms of optmising the restocking schedule for the minimum number of deliveries...

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    Re: Amazon Dash Buttons are now available in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    This (and Anazon Dash) is only stop-gap technology. When your fridge and cupboards have barcode scanners on them, you'll be able to scan items in and out and preset your default stock level, and preselect a supermarket of your choice - better still, replace the bar scanner with an RFID tag, then it removes the need to scan anything.

    ...
    That conjures up a mental image of me buying some new concoction to try, the fridge detecting it, and despite me deciding I really wasn't very impressed, ending up with permanently being resupplied because my bleeping fridge keeps reordering it for me. No doubt after the fridge reorders, Amazon drones will deliver and drop it through the chimney, where the tidyness bot will immediately "help" me by putting it in the fridge or freezer, and I won't be able to dig fresh carrots out of the garden because the door SmartLock will decide it's too cold, or too hot, or something, out in the workd and "protect" me by refusing to open.

    As I suspect you know, or at least should guess, few things appal me more than the notion of "smart" devices like fridges monitoring what I put in them and commincating directly with Amazon or any other retailer. No, no, no and oh hell, no.

    The only way my energy supplier is even putting a smart meter in my home is if it's legally mandatory or they refuse to supply, and even then, I'll be trying to find a practical and affordable way of being energy self-sufficient first.

    Smart fridge? Over my dead body.

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