Oh my: Amazon introduces Dash, which really are little buttons you can hang up or stick on to something. Press the button and it connects to your wireless network to place an order with Amazon.
They explain that they've thought about accidental presses:
But have they really thought this through? They currently list 258 products that have Dash buttons available; do they really think you'd want dozens of these scattered through your home? Nonsense.
If I wanted to be able to reorder Amazon products without going to my computer or phone, I wouldn't want buttons. No, I'd want to shout it out and have some obedient listening device take care of the details. The funny thing is that Amazon already has a device that could do that: their Amazon Echo. Echo lacks that capability currently, but it seems an obvious feature, and far smarter than Dash buttons.
I don't want to be limited to particular products. For example, both Dash and Amazon Pantry offer Bounty paper towels, but they only offer Select-A-Size. We don't buy that version. There are other products we buy that are not Dash or Pantry items at all. We'd want to be able to load Echo up with the products we do reorder and and have Echo order them. Ideally, she'd confirm her understanding by saying "You last ordered that on.. " and confirming the current price before actually placing the order. That would work for us. Dash buttons would not.
In some warehouse, Amazon must have thousands of these silly buttons. I predict that's just where many will stay.
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