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If I were to tell you that your printer has the capability of ordering itself ink when the current cartridge is low, or your washing machine knowing when to replenish detergent, or even your filtered-water pitcher can calculate when you’re low on replacement filters, you may be rather intrigued, correct? This concept would make shopping over the Internet even easier than it is.
You may, however, take the complete opposite opinion on the matter, and believe that any tech-gadget developing any form of self-awareness will only lead to the machine revolution.
No matter what side you are on about the advancement of technology, Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN - Free Report) announced the first devices available for its Amazon Dash Replenishment Service. Some of the devices included in this service are select Brother printers, a General Electric (GE - Free Report) washing machine, the Gmate SMART blood glucose monitor, select Brita water pitchers.
Dash Replenishment Service enables connected devices to automatically order physical goods from Amazon when supplies are running low.
(Also read, “Amazon’s (AMZN - Free Report) New Dash Button Lets You Push to Buy.”)
“With Amazon Dash Replenishment, we want to make customers’ lives even easier so they won’t run out of items like laundry detergent, pet food or printer ink again—customers simply activate Dash Replenishment when they are setting up their connected device and then rely on Amazon to automatically deliver those everyday essentials,” said Daniel Rausch, Director of Amazon Devices.
He continues, “It’s exciting to make Dash Replenishment a reality—customers can start taking advantage of the service today and we will continue to launch and add new devices to the program this year.”
(Also read, “Amazon Expanding Dash Button Program.”)
In order for Dash Replenishment to work efficiently, the connected device or home appliance requires some type of consumable good that needs restocking and have the right kind of sensor, scale, or even some type of camera to monitor when goods are running low. The General Electric washing machines, for example, will store a full bottle of detergent in a sensor-filled reservoir, so the machine “knows” when the detergent needs replenishment.
Currently, there are not many products offered for the Dash Replenishment Service, and only caters to a select segment of the population – people with Brother printers, a specific GE washing machine, businesses with a specific Purell Hand Sanitizer dispenser, and so forth.
Once the number of products expands to serve a larger segment of the population, look for this service to change how people shop on the Internet.
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