I'm excited that this button launched. But $20 is too much for something without a swappable battery. I'll either keep intercepting the ARP packets from the $5 unit or buy https://www.particle.io/button.
How long will the battery last?
The battery should last for approximately 1,000 presses.
When the device battery runs out of charge, there is no way to recharge or replace the battery.
In the same way free AWS instances are not adequate for hosting a production website, this is a toy for devs to get to know their stack...
The real question for this device is, is it hackable, i.e. can you change the software running on it, or open it up and solder different hardware to spare pins?
It looks like people have done this, but it's surprising amazon would sell a devboard without catering to it:
The difference being that AWS has real tiers. The dash button is exactly the same even if you "go pro" (what does that even mean? You persuade your BigCo employer to join the program?).
I suspect it's a last-gasp attempt at making some money out of a program that has not become as popular as they thought.
I kinda wanted one in the hopes that if it worked well, I could theoretically get a lot more to trigger actions for things with my Z-Wave setup.
20$/each isn't amazing but its not exactly terrible for this. But 20$/each/year (or less!), horrible.
I don't get why people like Amazon, none of their services are any good. Although to be fair, Amazon (the retail) doesn't exist in my country.
Care to back that statement up? :)
(no argument on the environmentally subpar approach to the button)
* The closest retail in Amazon is in GB or Germany, orders takes weeks to reach me which is a mystery since I've ordered stuff from Germany before and they usual deliver within a week.
* Closest AWS datacenter is in Ireland, latency is high for nordic countries.
* Their documentation is very confusing, you can read all about their web services without understanding one. Leading to sites like this: https://www.expeditedssl.com/aws-in-plain-english
But sure, their services works and is probably good for many, but I've never found them any useful at all.
Amazon cloud drive is fairly performant and a good price. I use it as a backup repo. Amazon prime shipping is also pretty great and the prices are pretty decent usually. They're also the biggest cross platform ebook vendor with the most selection.
No way at all in the entire universe not even with hand tools and a soldering iron?
And people say we are not moving to planned obculence ( sorry, don't know the English word for it)
Using the exact same hardware for a general purpose remote control seems like a mistake - an extremely limited product at best, an unnecessary source of ewaste at worst. A modified dash button with a replaceable battery would me much nicer, though I'm sure it's far cheaper to just sell a rebranded dash button.
I've been wondering about that. They say you can use it to control lights/netflix. If you don't want 10s delay it has to do wakeups every 30s or so depending on the wifi setup to stay connected to the network. And wifi transmission is quite power expensive. If it does that, I wouldn't give it more than a year (maybe more like a few months). If it doesn't, the latency must be terrible.
I used to be irritated with cheap led bulbs that took almost a second to light up. And with a wall switch you are pretty sure whether you flipped it or not. With such button during those 3s you'd be wondering whether you should press it again or not (unless it beeps or something like that).
This (and the Dash) come in a glued shell with a 1.5v Energizer Li AAA solder-welded to the back. Getting inside without completely destroying the curb-appeal takes a hex bit, some scraping, and a little patience.
Once you get to the board, the battery is easily replaced with a LiPo. The MCU is 3.3v, but Amazon Prime has you covered on cheap LDO/buck converters (like, "a buck" converters).