As technology advances, we can expect higher levels of automation in our daily lives. We already see the slow and steady progress of self-driving cars, but that's not all--robots will continue to create jobs and help perform customer service, financial analysis, construction, and even journalism in the near future.
But where are we are today is just as exciting.
Regardless if you find that scary or fascinating, it's hard to deny just how convenient innovation can truly be. Consider the Amazon Dash--which enables customers to re-order household items at the press of a button. Sure, you're probably not going through your Ziplock bags or Skippy peanut butter at a breakneck pace, but for a busy household that wants to restock with a convenient, click of a button (literally), it's much more than a novelty.
But you know what's even better? A device that automatically orders when your supplies run out--even before you're thinking about it.
Coffee...in infinite quantities
That's the idea behind WePlenish's Java Smart Container - a coffee maker that orders items for itself. It's as if an Amazon Dash device learned how to press its own button. The Java Smart Container links up to your Amazon Prime account using Wi-Fi. You can program it to order items when inventory runs low automatically. Not a Prime member? No problem--the algorithm still accounts for a standard 5-7 shipping day turnaround instead of the 2-day Prime expectation.
It's best for K-Cups, Nespresso capsules, and other similar items, but you can fill your container with snack bars, gummy bears, or even Goldfish--WePlenish has already partnered with Gerber, Dunkin' Donuts, Annie's Organics, and several other brands.
The device might look like an unassuming container, but it contains smart sensors that detect inventory levels. It also syncs up with a WePlenish app which you can use to monitor deliveries and change items. Not surprisingly, the Java Smart Container is Amazon-certified and is integrated with Amazon Dash Replenishment.
Its creators, Ro Grosman and Craig Rettew, came up with the idea in May 2015 during a run to the store to refill food supplies. Over the next two years, Grosman and Rettew toiled to secure patents, create partnerships, and forge through entrepreneurial setbacks. And like many new and innovative inventions, it's being featured in a KickStarter campaign that recently went live.
On Demand 2.0
As the consumer continues to evolve, as do expectations--we all want things faster, more accessible, and more convenient. Technology that supports that evolution will very well expand into other 'every day' areas of life, eventually eliminating the need to cut the lawn or even fold the laundry.
On-demand, convenient innovation is all around us and for some, it's only a cup of coffee away.