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Man reprograms Amazon Dash buttons to control car AC

By Ben Hooper
A programmer's video shows how he hacked these Amazon Dash buttons to control the temperature in his car. <a class="tpstyle" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1hmjyNwrCQ&feature=youtu.be">Michael Donnelly/YouTube video screenshot</a>
A programmer's video shows how he hacked these Amazon Dash buttons to control the temperature in his car. Michael Donnelly/YouTube video screenshot

PHOENIX, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A programmer posted a video online showing how he hacked his Amazon Dash buttons to control the temperature in his Tesla.

Michael Donnelly posted a video to YouTube showing how he used Amazon Dash buttons, devices designed to order attached products from Amazon with a single button push, to control the air conditioner in his Tesla while the car and devices were both connected to his home network.

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"I picked up some of those $5 Dash buttons. Then I decided I'd rather have them do something other than buy baby food," Donnelly wrote in the video's description.

The programmer explains in the video how he reprogrammed the buttons to send code to his car and control the air conditioner. One push of the button causes the Tesla's temperature read-out to come up, while a second push sets the air conditioner to his preferred driving temperature.

The buttons also honk the Tesla's horn and turn on a light in Donnelly's house.

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