Amazon Dash Button, which was launched at the beginning of this year, lets you order stuff, with just a click. It’s not like ordering online. It is just a button, which you press, and Amazon knows you’re out of coffee and send a refill. It’s seen a lot of mixed reviews since its announcement. You can have multiple dash buttons for multiple products. Now PiScan here is an open source version of the Dash Button. It uses a Raspberry Pi and an USB barcode scanner. You could get the link to make your own USB scanner in the guide given below, in case you can’t find the right one.
You would have obviously figure out by now, how it works. You can scan the bar code of the article and choose the lowest price vendor and order it. You need RPI Model B, USB Laser Scan Barcode Scanner, 16 GB Micro SDHC with Adapter, 8 GB USB Drive 2.0, RPI Wi-Fi Dongle Adapter, and RPI B+ power supply.
Right now PiScan has only been able to integrate Amazon’s API. You could try to add more or wait for the author to figure it out.
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