Need something to spark a bit of creativity this week? How about a super clever hack for Amazon’s $5, single-purpose Dash buttons?
Originally meant to serve as a quick way to re-order household goods you order often (Order a lot of laundry detergent? Stick a Dash button on your washing machine, press it when you’re running low. Bam. Ordered.), Cloudstitch CTO Ted Benson has found a way to make it do pretty much anything he wants.
You can read Benson’s full breakdown right over here, but here’s the gist:
One catch: whereas the factory Dash can act on its own, a modified Dash will need something — a computer, generally — awake and running on your network to sniff out the button presses and respond accordingly. It complicates the equation a bit, but it’s still a fun hack.