Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Amazon Dash is disruptive

The Amazon Dash button, announced just before April Fool's Day, caused some confusion among people online. Was it a joke? Is it necessary or just lazy? Is it a bad thing to be lazy this way?

If you missed it, Amazon Dash is a dedicated physical push-button reorder system for household consumables like coffee, paper towels and laundry detergent, for Amazon Prime customers (so, not for me in Australia, then). The promo video is an unselfconscious revelling in consumerism, but that's another post.

I'm kind of torn about it. On the one hand, it's a neat gadget, and that seems cool. It's like convenience shopping inside your home. Very "Internet of Things", in a way. On the other hand, it does seem really goofy. I look forward to a lot of parody videos.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - The thing is, I can't think of any ways to make it really funny.
PPS - Just sort of mildly amusing.

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