Amazon might convince all of us how easy this “Internet of Things” might get — and potentially, how ubiquitous.
Never mind, if possible, concerns and promises over Amazon’s controversial delivery drones, otherwise unmanned, small, whirling, low-altitude flying machines (with live-feed cameras) delivering products to our homes. Also never mind, if you can, concerns over all those potential additional connectivity needs foreseen to be required inside our homes. (More on that in a minute.)
It’s just too darn easy to use Amazon’s new Wi-Fi Dash Button (introduced the day before April Fools Day, 2015). All Amazon requires to buy products is pre-enabling your phone, and pushing a separate “dash button” that you can place almost anywhere in your home. Welcome to Amazon on your fridge, on your coffee maker, on your kitchen sink, on your washer and drier, in your bathroom medicine chest.
Or stuck, of course, to your tissue and toilet paper holders.
And stuck on your hallway walls. In your cabinets. On your stairwell. In your closets. And stuck on your home office desk. Anywhere and everywhere in your home are good by Amazon.
Running out of Tide? Push Amazon’s “Tide” Dash Button. Low on Gillette disposable razors? Push Amazon’s Gillette Dash Button. Jonesing for some good, old-fashioned Maxwell House? Push Amazon’s Maxwell House Dash Button.
In fact, avoid shopping altogether and push your Cottonelle, Bounty and Smart Water Amazon Dash buttons, along with your Olay, Glad, Gerber Amazon Dash buttons, and increasingly those of other international brands.
While most of us can still marvel at the sheer technology of easily pushing a button — while Amazon of course repeatedly dings our credit cards along the way — and have products delivered to our doors, what are the possible societal effects if Amazon and other in-home Wi-Fi ordering systems become widely adopted?
Delivery logistics technology and low-skill manual labor to ship products will surely rise, but getting out of our homes might become less necessary. Grocery stores and large box stores as we know them will surely lose customers, but cheaper prices for packaged goods might benefit customers, at least in the beginning. To be sure: Amazon and their partners will undoubtedly learn a lot more about us, while we sate ourselves with oodles of Cottonelle, Tide and Bounty.
In fact, these dash buttons are just the beginning, says the Wall Street Journal: The truer order of the Internet of Things is that our home, personal and business devices will do our ordering FOR us. Won’t we all be happier if systems charge our credit cards or online accounts, and simply order things and deliver them to us? Surely, we are told, we will.
Here is a piece on Amazon’s most recent home-ordering product from The Wall Street Journal’s Nathan Olivarez-Giles: “Amazon’s Dash Button Is Not a Hoax, It’s Phase One”
Greg Goaley, President of WinCommunications in Des Moines, Iowa, is a former copywriter and creative editor, and a 25-year digital content strategist and provider. Kathryn Towner is President of WinM@il USA, a former 15-year sales rep for Random House/McGraw-Hill, and a 20-year permission-based email publications consultant and provider.