5 Things Your Dev Team Can Build with Amazon Dash Button

Amazon recently launched another programmable IoT button, an upgrade to the existing Amazon Dash Buttons. Initially, the Amazon Dash Button was just a smart home device which can be used to order things like coffee, toilet paper, cooking ingredients, razor blades, cat food, and so forth, with a simple press of a button.

This Amazon Dash Button saves you the stress of driving down to the grocery store or even turning on your computer before placing your order. The Amazon Dash Buttons operated using the Amazon Alexa AI interface.

However, the new launched programmable Amazon Dash Button present lots of possibilities. You can pair them with other IoT hardware such as light bulbs, other smart home devices, and so on. In this article, we will take a look at some other things you can use the Amazon Dash Button for to enhance company productivity and make the most use of your device.

A sound machine

Using the Amazon IoT Button, you can create a sound machine. Here, the main aim is having something that works like a sad trombone button for spilled coffee, or a rimshot button for bad jokes. All you need to do is to program your Amazon Dash Button to work for rimshots, and sad trombones.

The dash button will send a “clickType” parameter. This can be single, double, or even a long-press. This will make it possible for your sound machine to play various sounds based depending on how you push the button.

A brighter, inviting conference room

Have you ever considered programming your Amazon Dash Button with the light bulb in your conference room? Using the Amazon Dash Button, you can create instant ambiance in your conference room, living room, etc. Once your guest or client walks through the door into the room, you can turn on the smart bulbs remotely using the Amazon IoT Button. This will help create a welcoming, inviting feeling.

You can also use the button to turn on the projector. Even if you will like to cut the light bulbs to give dramatic effect while presenting, the IoT button can be configured to turn off the light with a double press.

A “Do Not Disturb” indicator

Will you like to have some “me time”? It’s time for you to do away with any form of interruptions or disturbance. All you need to do is to program your Amazon Dash Button to turn on red LEDs. This will send a message to anyone that you are busy and do not want to be distracted.

Furthermore, you can also switch between red, yellow, and green lights to let others know when you are available. This will save you a lot of stress and make you concentrate more on any task you are carrying out.

A Slack bot

Are there phrases you use often? Have you considered turning it into a quick response? Simply turn your frequently used phrases into a quick response with your Amazon IoT Button. You can create a bot, and program the response based on the number of clicks.

•Single press: “I’m heading out for the day. See you tomorrow!”
•Double press: “I’ll be busy working from home today.”
•Long press: “Can I have my coffee?”
Don’t you think this will be an incredible idea?

An Uber button

If you are the type who makes use of Uber often, you can also configure the Amazon Dash Button to call for a ride. Hence, you do not need to bring out your phone every time you need to summon an Uber. Remember to place the address of your office in the function which hits Uber’s request API.

Looking to add more sophistication? You can program the Amazon IoT Button to change the type of car you call for with different presses of the button.

All the above and many more are some of the things you can build with the Amazon IoT Button. The Amazon IoT Button is here to open you to a world of limitless possibilities. With a simple touch of creativity, you just made your life easier.

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