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.

Amazon Dash Wand
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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Top Rated Comments

djs71a Avatar
64 months ago
Anyone remember Radio Shack's Cue Cat?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Quu Avatar
64 months ago
That video was pretty cringe. Maybe when I'm a millionaire I can order mushrooms and a handful of other goods off Amazon Fresh instead of going to the store.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
trainwrecka Avatar
64 months ago
I have two of these sitting on top of my fridge. Very clever, but hardly used. The prices for Amazon Fresh were pretty steep, and the selection was slim and inconsistent.

My dream of having a set grocery order coming every 2 weeks (similar to subscribe and save) went out the window pretty quickly.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
willmtaylor Avatar
64 months ago
They'll literally sell dozens of these. DOZENS!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
willmtaylor Avatar
64 months ago
H


Hell, does anyone remember Radio Shack?
Yeah, I do!!!

(NSFW language)
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davidwes Avatar
64 months ago
That video was pretty cringe. Maybe when I'm a millionaire I can order mushrooms and a handful of other goods off Amazon Fresh instead of going to the store.
While ordering those off Amazon Fresh right now is a high price, this has nothing to do with being rich. In NYC with millions without cars and long walks to grocery stores, services like FreshDirect and this are amazing options that are absolutely needed by all ranges of income level homes.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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