By Todd Bernhard on Sat, 08/22/2015
I was hopeful that Amazon's Dash button would bring me one step closer to the "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" replicator from Star Trek. And it does indeed advance automated ordering, somewhat. But Amazon has crippled the service by restricting orders to a small and expensive subset of products. I paid the $4.95 fee to get a Bounty Dash button from Amazon. This finger-sized device is meant to sit on your kitchen counter or wall and wait for you to press it when you start running low on paper towels. Pressing it once, after you've configured it properly using the Amazon app, will tell Amazon to send you a new supply of paper towels. Since Dash is only available to Amazon Prime customers, the free two-day shipping is included, so if you press that button before you're completely out of a product, you should be safe.