Amazon Expanding Smart-Home Ordering Service

(AP) -

Amazon is expanding its smart-home ordering service to a range of new appliances. Its Dash “replenishment” service lets users reorder common household items with a touch of a button. (Its first version involved plastic “Dash buttons” dedicated to particular products; pressing one orders a set quantity of, say, diapers or dishwasher detergent.)

The new Dash devices will work in a similar fashion, although they won’t be dedicated buttons anymore. Instead, Brother connected printers will let you order replacement toner or ink automatically. A GE washer will reorder detergent when it runs low. And a Gmate glucose meter, which tests blood sugar for diabetes, automatically reorders test strips and blood-drawing lancets when needed. Users can sign up online to activate the service.

Amazon first announced the expansion to the Dash line in October; now the new products are hitting the market. Others in the works include Purell hand-sanitizer dispensers, Samsung laser printers, “smart” home locks from Austin and others.