Amazon Launches Dash Wand, Enabling Easier Alexa-based Ordering of Household Products

Amazon has released the Dash Wand, a new Alexa-enabled device that can help you scan grocery barcodes, convert measurements, and order household essentials from Amazon just by using your voice.

The Wi-Fi-enabled Dash Wand is magnetic, so you can stick it on your fridge, and also offers some of the features of its bigger Echo sibling, allowing you to find recipes and restaurants without using your hands.

At a few inches long, and made out of white and black plastic, the Dash Wand looks like a refreshed version of the company’s original Dash devices.

First released in 2014, those Dash Wands also let you scan item barcodes or use voice controls to add products to your shopping cart, but forced you to check out via Amazon’s site. They also had no Alexa access — Amazon’s assistant wasn’t available to the public then — and were only available to a limited number of existing AmazonFresh users.

A second-generation version cost $49.99 and could add anything on Amazon to a shopping cart, but users still had to check out manually.

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SOURCE: Rich McCormick 
The Verge