Amazon Prime day has come and gone, and perhaps you picked up an Amazon Dash button to give you extremely easy access to household goods. It was something of a hacker’s delight since the buttons were on sale that day for 99 cents! I’m sure you’ve noticed that they can be modified in many creative ways.
For instance, for a sort of “hello world” demo, you can see Tony DiCola’s setup below, where he programs a Dash button to flash its built-in RGB LED. They can, of course, be hacked to do much more, for instance, order a drink from the nearest Starbucks!
The only problem is that Amazon (understandably) didn’t really build these to act as a substitute for an Arduino or Raspberry Pi. To get the to do your bidding you’ll need to use a more complicated hardware and software tools than most hobby projects. Adafruit outlines the process here, but the end result is normally a Dash button with a bunch of wires permanently soldered to it.
If, however, you’d like a cleaner programming setup that can be applied and disconnected as needed, the Amazon Dash Debugger Connector from Wild Works Co. looks like just what you need. Current “REV01” buttons will need the connector soldered onto the appropriate solder pads, but the original buttons can accommodate this connector without board modification