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  • By David Gouldin
    How I Potty Trained My Kid Using Twilio and an AWS IoT Button AWS IoT Button for Potty Training

    As a dad of 2 young kids, a non-trivial portion of my day is devoted to poop. Lots and lots of poop.

    When my oldest began potty training, they would wake up in the middle of the night needing to use the bathroom. And while toddlers’ lungs make a great alarm, we needed to find a solution that wouldn’t disturb the younger one sleeping 10 feet away.

    I’m always on the lookout for how I can win my kids’ cooperation in novel and fun ways. Bonus points if it involves getting to tinker on an engineering project myself.

    Enter the Poop Button.

    Behind the smiling emoji facade is an Amazon IoT button, a variant of Amazon’s dash button. When my kid presses this button, it triggers an AWS Lambda function that uses Twilio’s Python Helper Library to call my iPhone from a Twilio number. The Twilio number is stored …

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