Amazon has launched a new version of its Dash barcode scanning device for Prime U.S. subscribers that includes the company’s ubiquitous virtual assistant built in.
Called the Dash Wand, the Alexa-enabled gadget allows users to scan grocery barcodes, convert measurements, and order essential household items from Amazon with the click of a button.
Pressing the button activates the Dash Wand, enabling customers to use their voice to ask about recipes and find local restaurants. It’s also possible to control smart lighting via the magnetic device, which is designed to be attached to a fridge.
With the original Dash, released in 2014, users could scan barcodes and add items to their shopping cart via limited voice controls, but checkout had to be completed on the Amazon site.
By contrast, the new $20 Dash Wand allows users to buy items directly. Prime subscribers also receive $20 off their next purchase once they’ve registered the device, so it basically comes free. In addition, buyers get a free 90-day trial of the AmazonFresh home grocery service.
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