Dashed hopes: Amazon's (mostly) failed plan for in-home payments
Amazon's Dash devices were an early, blunt take on the internet of things. Originally released as plastic buttons sold for $5 a pop, they allowed Amazon customers to order a predetermined product (whose brand was emblazoned on the button) without having to sit at a computer or open an app.
The idea evolved since the product's 2015 launch — when some mistook it for an April Fool's joke — and some iterations still exist, but over the years Amazon has gradually phased out its Dash product line in favor of voice-based Alexa shopping and other alternatives.
The latest nail in Dash's coffin is the news that Amazon will end support for the current version of its Dash Wand in July.
This story was compiled from reporting by PaymentsSource writers including John Adams, Kate Fitzgerald, David Heun, Michael Moeser and Daniel Wolfe.