Amazon IoT programmable button on sale. For programmers, sorta

And they are currently unavailable…

What makes this different than just buying a minimote? Am I missing something?

Very different. This is not going to just connect directly to smart things. First of all, this is a Wi-Fi based device. But most importantly what happens when you press this device is that a message is sent to the Amazon Web services cloud. You then capture that message with programming you write in the AWS cloud and you have that do something. So you have to be registered as an Amazon developer to do anything with this.

With a minimote, when you press the button a message is sent directly to the smartthings hub. you can set up a response to that message by using a built-in SmartThings feature like smartlighting. Or you can capture it with a smartapp.

So the minimote has a direct integration with SmartThings and you don’t need to do any programming to use it, although you can.

The Amazon IOT button has a direct integration with AWS (Amazon Web services) via Wi-Fi to the Internet. You can then write your own programming to in some way send that information to smart things, and you would need to write a smart app to do something with it then.

The main purpose of this Amazon device is to give people who are interested in programming using the Amazon services a quick prototype device to play around with. For that purpose, it’s actually pretty cool. The relevance to smartthings is not as clear.


Thank you…

OOS so quickly.

Got mine, put them to use. They are similar to a remote, but work on wifi anywhere (not just near your hub).

They differentiate 3 types of presses…single, double, and long (1.5 sec). They have a permanent battery. To configure their Wifi you hold the button for 5 seconds, then get on the buttons private Wifi and change the configuration with your computer/tablet/phone by visiting a webpage. It does a local scan of available SSID’s you pick one, put in the password and away you go! (Initial setup takes you through a few more bits of fill-in information, but you don’t need to change the extra information when you move the button to a new network.)

They are simple to set up, but not simple with smart things. You need a smartApp to be listening for a web hit, and then the smartApp needs to do what you want.

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These are back in stock for Prime members. Get them while they exist!

They must be handknitting them, as my old boss used to say. :wink:

In stock on August 16, 2016.

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Yup just ordered mine. Interested to see how this goes. The custom smart app and trying to link it to SmartThings might not be necessary if they offer connecting it to the Alexa service?? Everything I would want to control with this button is already linked to my Echo.

Either way I’m excited for a new project.

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These are on sale again! And in stock.

Gone again already:

In stock on August 23, 2016.

I got mine last week (ordered May 22).

So I’m not a developer, but has anyone seen this newish Amazon programmable Dash button? I know people have hacked the other ones, but is this something that could be used with SmartThings in some way?

I’ve done it. It’s a wifi button you can put on any wifi network, as long as it has internet access…you can have it activate something on your smartthings network. You do need to have something that can listen on the web and take action, like an Ask Alexa / Home smart app. (You don’t use the Amazon voice part, just the smartthings interface on the web part) Its complicated to set up, but it works reliably.

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That’s what this thread is about. Lol

Yea I get that. They merged my topic into this one before I knew it existed.

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Ok, I didn’t realize. I was a bit confused.

Amazon has $20 Internet buttons:

Compared to things like Aeon remotes, and Knocki, and other fancy buttons that don’t work directly with SmartThings, this one seems like a deal. But It’s Web-enabled, not Z-Wave or Zigbee. So how would one configure it to turn on and off a light, for example?

Here’s the problem I want to solve: I want a remote light switch for a Z-Wave light in a child’s room. I have a bunch of lights on SmartThings and mostly use Amazon Alexa to control them. But for this particular light, I don’t want to put an Alexa device in the room. I just want a remote button.

I don’t have the chops to code this myself. If there was a guide to setting this up, I’d give it a stab. Or maybe somebody knows a quick way to hack this into an Alexa/Smartthings house?


As far as battery-operated buttons that work with SmartThings, there are many that are much easier to use than the Amazon one. :sunglasses: You will find them described in the following thread (this is a clickable link)

Thank you for both links! Coulda sworn I searched the site for these first…

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There’s a lot of information in the forums, but it can be difficult to find. The quick browse lists in the community – created wiki are usually a faster way to search. :sunglasses:

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