Amazon Launches Dash Wand With Alexa

Amazon's $20 Dash Wand is an Alexa Device that Scans Barcode

Considering the promotion makes the Amazon Dash Wand practically gratis, now may be the time to try out grocery shopping online, especially if you'd rather not drop the $179 (£150, around AU$230) on an Amazon Echo just for a little help around the kitchen. Now you can scan groceries, ask it questions, order missing items on the spot, and control your smart home through this magnetic wand.

The Dash Wand runs on two AAA batteries and connects using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which can be configured through the iPhone or Android app. If you're on AmazonFresh, this one is ideal to use so you can easily and quickly reorder everyday stuff from your favorite e-commerce website. As a part of an expansion into the line-up of Alexa-enabled devices, the e-commerce giant released an updated Dash Wand for users.

Amazon's really pushing the Wand, offering a similar deal to previous promotions for its instant ordering Dash buttons. However, once you register and activate it, Amazon will give you a $20 credit. Making the shopping experience easier and offering a new Alexa toy to play with will only drive up orders, as if Amazon needs any help to keep its business afloat.

That price point will probably be a pretty solid method for turning what's essentially a niche device into a lot of users' first Alexa experience. It also allows users to convert units for measurements, order household items from Amazon, and more, using their voice. All Amazon Prime subscribers in the United States can pick one up starting today. They also get 90 days of Amazon Fresh for free, which is a $45 value. This service is available for $14.99.

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