Wal-Mart seeks patent for Amazon Dash rival

Wal-Mart Stores Inc has applied for a patent for an Internet of Things (IoT) platform to track the way products are used in shoppers’ homes, according to a blog post by data provider CB Insights.

The patent could help Wal-Mart compete with Amazon.com Inc’s one-button ordering device Amazon Dash.

Wal-Mart’s system would require less effort than Amazon’s, the CB Insights blog post said.

“While Dash buttons still require users to press a physical button separate from the product (easy though that may be), Walmart aims to integrate IoT into the products themselves for automatic re-ordering with no user input at all,” the blog post said.