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AWS IoT Button and Amazon Dash To Control Connected Devices

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Amazon Dash or AWS IoT Button came into existence in May 2016. This smart button from Amazon is a programmable button which enables developer community to control connected devices. In fact, Amazon Dash is a Wi-Fi device. It permits developers to use cloud platforms such as AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, and other Amazon Web Services. With the help of this AWS IoT Button, the life will become much simpler. The users, as a matter of fact, will get a physical interface. And this interface can connect to a single or series of complex network services. It will be quite easy to configure.

The device is capable of managing any kind of complex situation. In fact, you can configure it in such a way that a simple, connected remote control or a system can check out guests who stay at your rental home via Airbnb. Such is the beauty of this product. The button has a long battery life. Amazon Dash battery lasts for 1,000 presses.

Actually, the AWS IoT Button is a programmable button. The base of an AWS IoT Button is the Amazon Dash Button hardware. This is, in fact, a very simple Wi-Fi device. It is quite easy to configure. And, as a matter of fact, it is designed for developers to get started with AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon SNS, and many other Amazon Web Services. In fact, by using it, developers don’t need to write any device-specific code. This is the first generation of AWS IoT Button. The second generation is about to release in February 2017.

AWS IoT Button and Amazon Dash

AWS IoT Button and Amazon Dash

Using AWS IoT Button is quite easy. You have to code the button’s logic in the cloud to configure button clicks for the exact purpose. This purpose could be any activity like to count or track items, call or alert someone, start or stop something, order services, or even provide feedback. For instance, you can click the button to perform any actions in a much simpler and secure way. Like unlock or start a car, open your garage door, call a cab, call your spouse or a customer service representative, track the use of common household chores, medications or products, or remotely control your home appliances.

Other examples of using Amazon IoT Button are as follows. You can use the button as a remote control for Netflix. In fact, you can also use it as a switch for your Philips Hue light bulb, a check-in/check-out device for Airbnb guests. Or to order your favorite pizza for delivery. As a matter of fact. you can integrate it with third-party APIs like Twitter, Facebook, Twilio, Slack or even your own company’s applications. In fact, just imagine the wonders it can perform. Like, you can connect it to things you haven’t even thought of yet.

 

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  1. Great intro. As enterprises discover more uses for AWS IoT buttons, from retrofit options for legacy machinery, easy capture of human observation, and notification systems in themselves, managing large numbers of buttons (like any IoT device) across organizations, sites, types, and users becomes a daunting task. For teams looking for ways to accomplish this without a significant development effort, take a look at http://brightwolf.com/2017/04/20/aws-iot-buttons-enterprise-data-management-zipline/ for a visual options with out-of-the-box enterprise integrations.

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