[#IOT] Glitter problems at home, Amazon #Dash and Azure #MachineLearning


A couple of days I was painting with my 5-year-old girl and we realized that we had been out of glitter. As a parent this is one of the moments more happy complicated ever. Glitter is something that girls love to use in their art work.


However, I discovered in the bad way that GLITTER is impossible to clean. If you slightly dropped a little and you try to use some cloth for cleaning, glitter is multiplied and increasingly everywhere. As always, someone see this as a problem, others finds here an opportunity. I find an online company, and they can send “glitter bombs” to your enemies, to basically ruin their day (or week). https://shipyourenemiesglitter.com/


Going back to my problem, at that time, it would been very useful to have active an Amazon Dash Button associated with glitter as a product. The idea of this button is very simple: you put a button associated with a product in your home. Once that product is about to end, you press the button and this product it is added automatically to your Amazon shopping list. Later you can close the transaction from your Smartphone or laptop, and you’ll have it the next day at home.

When this was presented a couple of weeks ago, I listened to all different types of opinions. As always, the “haters” with opinions like

Does that mean I’ll have my house full of “buttons”?; When I have to buy several things I have to do clicks all over my house? Get out … for me it is much more easy to make online purchase from my computer.

And the last statement was the answer to their problem: for this user profile is easier to make the purchase directly online. So far, no one forces them to use Dash Buttons.

In my case, after years of training I finally get to a point where my children can prepare their breakfast themselves. That means that they are looking for cereals, milk and cocoa; and while I try to not help them, they are responsible for their breakfast. But … this doesn’t avoid me to have a conversations like this one with Valentino (7 years old)

  1. Valentino: Bruno, no more cereals
  2. Bruno: No problem, today I’ll get more. Do you have enough for today?
  3. Valentino: No, we get our of cereals, yesterday morning
  4. Bruno: Yesterday? Next time, let me know before
  5. Valentino: Before what?
  6. Bruno: There is no more cereals
  7. Valentino: Ahh Ok. Bruno, no more grain
  8. Go To 1

The conversation can be quite surreal with a 7-year-old child, and I must have a very high level of patience to not spend my next 5 years in prison. Perhaps a Dash Button, can help me to make this type of situation more bearable. If my children can handle their own stock of “breakfast stuff”, then is an excellent time to distribute responsibilities.

In the case of Amazon Dash, they have also led him to a higher level with 2 interesting options.

In addition to the button, there is a smart scanner that allows you to do something similar: scan the barcode of the product you want to purchase. This allows a very agile and fast build of the shopping list, since you are looking for stuff already in your home, you don’t have to leave home.

Also, the Dash platform has a dedicated space for Makers. This means that you can add this “button” in your own devices or even extend the platform. This is where the ability to innovate in hardware becomes important, or you can also take advantage of the power of Azure Machine Learning. For example, you could work on this basis:

  • I have an experiment in Machine Learning that analyzes my purchases
  • There is another experiment dedicated to analyze weather for the next 7 days
  • These experiments have detected every 5 weeks (approximately) I have to refill my glitter “stock”
  • In addition, crossing this data, the experiments can predict that when there is bad weather, I used more glitter
  • This is normal, when there is bad weather we can get out, so is time for home activities
  • Another experiment can analyze the weather and because it will rain in the coming days and my stock of “glitter” is low, it can suggest or add this product into my shopping list

I personally think that these examples of IoT (Internet of Things), are what really make a smart home or a setting’s value.

Connect a temperature sensor to a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino is fine, connect all the points for something of value, but the aim to achieve.


Important: I can’t get away from my Scrum / Agile past, I always have to think to add value 😉

/El Bruno


Glitter Bombs, https://shipyourenemiesglitter.com/

Amazon Dash Button, https://www.amazon.com/oc/dash-button?ref_=B00Q3E4UBW

Amazon Dash for Makers, https://www.amazon.com/oc/dash-replenishment-service

Azure Machine Learning, http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/machine-learning/

Hardware is the future, with VisualStudio2013, https://elbruno.com/2014/05/24/opinion-hardware-is-the-future-with-visualstudio2013-of-course/

Internet of Things, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_Things

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