Your household appliances are getting smarter: think printers that re-order ink when you’re low, or washers that dispense just the right amount of detergent then send you more before you run out. This is the promise of Amazon’s “Dash Replenishment”-powered devices, the first group of which is becoming Dash-enabled today, the company says. That includes selectBrother printers, a GE washing machine, and the Gmate SMART blood glucose monitor.
In some cases, customers may have already purchased devices that are compatible with Amazon Dash Replenishment, but couldn’t yet take advantage of the feature. That’s now changing, as those with supported printers, Gmate devices, or GE washers will be able to activate Dash Replenishment using either the company’s website or app, depending on how the manufacturer configured access to the program.
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For example, in the case of the Brother connected printers that measure toner or ink levels, customers are instructed to sign up for automatic re-ordering through the Brother website. For those buying these printers new, that sign-up will be part of the printer’s setup instructions.
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[I]nstead of buying inks from the manufacturer directly, Brother’s new connected printers are placing Amazon orders on your behalf. Brother says it has over 45 models immediately compatible with Amazon’s service.
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Gmate’s SMART Blood Glucose Meter, which connects with a smartphone for its blood sugar testing service, will also include a feature that sends you more testing strips and lancets when your supplies run low.
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