Published On: Tue, Aug 18th, 2015

Amazon’s $5 Dash Button Already Hacked To Do Other Stuff Beyond Giving Amazon Money


Need something to hint a bit of creativity this week? How about a super crafty penetrate for Amazon’s $5, single-purpose Dash buttons?

The Dash buttons were creatively meant to offer as a discerning approach to shuffle domicile products we sequence mostly (Order a lot of soaking detergent? Stick a Dash symbol on your soaking machine, press it when you’re regulating low. Bam. Ordered.), though Cloudstitch CTO Ted Benson has found a approach to make them do flattering most anything he wants.

You can review Benson’s full relapse right over here, though here’s a gist:

  • Benson beheld that a Dash sends out a singular vigilance any and each time it’s pressed.
  • Rather than opening adult a Dash and modifying a hardware itself (which would substantially need all sorts of painful/tedious chip flashing), Benson sniffs a network for that signal. When it’s detected, he can glow a book to do only about whatever he wants. In his demo use case, he’s regulating it to record when his baby’s diaper gets altered into a Google Spreadsheet, while a second symbol annals when his baby wakes from a nap.
  • To keep a Dash from grouping any products when we press it, we just… don’t configure it to sequence a product during a inital setup. If we never enter a SKU, it won’t have anything to order.

One catch: since a bureau Dash can act on a own, a mutated Dash will need something — a computer, generally — watchful and regulating on your network to spot out a symbol presses and respond accordingly. It complicates a equation a bit, though it’s still a fun hack.

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