Amazon has a complex internet “jungle”. Curious to explore it?
Amazon and their Internet of Things.
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Amazon is one of the biggest players in the IoT. This is because Amazon is creating devices, platforms and ways to connect. Amazon seems like they aren’t going to miss a beat on the IoT. If you are unsure what the Internet of Things is, please check out our other blog.
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Let’s start with Amazon devices that you can buy today. Devices like Amazon’s Echo device. Amazon’s Echo device is a home assistant. I have no doubt you’ve heard of these home assistants. Google has one and Apple is working on one. These devices listen for your voice. So, whenever you say something, it listens and responds accordingly.
Much like Apple’s assistant Siri, Amazon named their assistant, Alexa. You can ask Alexa anything. Well, almost anything. Alexa can answer your questions through the Google search engine. She can read you news, books and information like the weather. She can play music on request, message or call through your phone. Amazon’s Alexa can connect to all your smart devices, like your TV and lights. It’d be as simple as saying “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights”. Or “Alexa, open the pod bay doors”. Very futuristic.
Amazon has partnered with businesses to take this even further! Through Alexa, you can order a pizza or an Uber. However, the Echo’s reach is limited. Amazon has realised this and has released the Echo Dot. The Echo Dot adds the Echo to whatever room it is in. So, walking around the house, Alexa can help.
Additionally, Amazon released Echo devices with cameras. To be used for videos calls and more. Like being used get a visual representation of your requests. For example, “what does ‘X’ look like?”. The newest Echo device was created just for Fashion. It was made to take daily photos of what you’re wearing. With those photos, it rates the outfit for you.
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Amazon IoT Platform
Amazon connects all these products and services using their IoT platform. According to Amazon, it can support billions of devices. And from those devices, trillions of messages!
The messages come from your devices and go to the cloud, then to a connected device. The messages are like signals, or instructions. Messages like button presses from the Amazon Dash. Or messages from the Echo telling your lights to turn on. These messages are sent safely and securely. Stopping people from hacking into your home!
Think of what an IoT hacker could do, control your lights, fans and order you food!
Personally, I think this sounds like a great way to live more efficiently. Just don’t let Alexa know you’re going to disconnect her.
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The next Amazon device is the already mentioned Amazon Dash. The Amazon Dash is a button when pressed fulfils an order. It’s as simple as that. You press a button and it’s added to your shopping list and sent to you.
This could be dangerous for animals and children, so I’d keep this out of reach. As it could be pressed out of curiosity or accident. It’d be a dream to have an unlimited chocolate button as a kid. So maybe keep the Amazon Dash to boring stuff. Or don’t, whatever, it’s your money.
What’s cool about the Amazon Dash, is that you can buy pre-made ones. Buttons that are made for a certain product. But you can also create programmable Dash devices. You can place buttons around your home that serves a certain purpose. For example, a button to call or alert someone. A button to order a service like a standard pizza order. A button to turn something on or off, like a light. Revolutionary!
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As the IoT grows, it will need connections beyond WiFi. This is because WiFi has a limited range. Amazon is reportedly partnering with the Dish network. The aim of the partnership is to create a 5G network. This network will connect anything and everything. The network gives Amazon drones the ability to go anywhere in the network’s range. Potentially littering the sky with drones.
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