As part of the DRS program, Whirlpool and GE are both developing new washers and dryers that can reorder laundry supplies, while Oster, Petnet, CleverPet and Obe will have bowls and dispensers that can reorder pet food.
For the Dash Replenishment Service (or DRS) program to work, manufacturers create connected devices that are capable of detecting and measuring consumable usage by way of infrared sensors, scales or other mechanisms, Amazon explains.
Similarly, GE’s connected washing machine will be able to sense when supply is low and place an order for detergent on Amazon. No devices that use the Dash Replenishment service are on the market yet.
Undoubtedly Amazon will soon offer more and more products through DSR, but right now it might not be possible to order your favorite type of coffee or specific brand of pet food.
We are excited to introduce 11 new device makers-General Electric, Samsung, Gmate, Oster, August, and more-to the Dash Replenishment Service program. Brother and Samsung printers will measure your ink and toner levels, ordering new supplies when needed. An Amazon spokesperson confirms that the first ones will arrive later this year. For customers, it works just like the Dash Buttons, except they don’t actually need to press anything, as the connected device will handle things automatically. For example, there is a Brita Water Pitcher that automatically orders additional an additional filter when its time for the existing one to be replaced.
DRS is the smart technology behind Dash that allows devices to understand when a household good is running low.
“Customers don’t have to do anything – they can simply rely on the connected device to automatically reorder the consumables that keep their homes running smoothly”, Peter Larsen, vice president of Amazon Devices, said in a statement. Sealed Air is making a hand-soap dispenser that reorders its own soap, and Sutro will sell a pool monitor that can buy more pool chemicals.
Amazon notes that device makers can get started adding DRS to their products with as few as 10 lines of code, and any product that can connect to the internet can take advantage of DRS.