Will home products that require user input work or will we have to wait for passive home products?

Amazon just released a trial version of Amazon Dash “that allows customers to order items with the push of a single physical button.” (NYT) The promo video is fun.

Today- we press a button.

“The program, Amazon Dash, is a partnership with a handful of consumer brands like Bounty, Gillette and Tide — made by companies that offer “important things you always run low on,” such as paper towels and razor blades. Press a button on a small, pill-shaped device connected to Wi-Fi and receive a bottle of laundry detergent on your doorstep two days later.” (NYT)

Tomorrow- there is no button.

For example, Whirlpool, one of Amazon’s test partners, will soon offer a washing machine that detects when you are running low on detergent and automatically order a new box for you from Amazon. Quirky, the online retail and manufacturing start-up, will sell a smart coffee pot that can reorder beans from Amazon before you run out. The idea with Dash is that the coffee pot will order beans, coffee filters and a water filter — and be able to measure the use of all three and order each one separately when needed. (NYT)

Nest is a great example of a product that already does the work on its own.

We are now entering into a transition phase. Now, interconnected devices exist in homes but require user input. Tomorrow, the internet of things will understand us and know what we want. Imagine Poland Spring delivered water to your house when you had 1 day of supply left without any effort on your part?

Yes, automated delivery services for “important things you always run low on,” will be a major convenient. But, more importantly, the internet of things optimizes our reorder point without us even knowing it. This will allow companies to optimize inventory. This is not just more convenient, it’s better for the entire economy.

PS. See Scan2Ship which has a similar product and has been executing well for some time

One thought on “Will home products that require user input work or will we have to wait for passive home products?

  1. This is a reasonable progression from the basic business practice of “just in time” ordering, which essentially puts the expense of carrying inventory on the supplier rather than the customer.


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