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This article was published on June 15, 2017

Amazon’s new Alexa-powered Dash Wand lets you order groceries like magic

Amazon’s new Alexa-powered Dash Wand lets you order groceries like magic
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or write in: [email protected].

Amazon has launched a new version of its Dash Wand, a handheld Alexa-powered device that lets your order groceries by scanning bar codes or using your voice.

The $20 gizmo is available exclusively to Prime members in the US, and connects to your account to add items to your shopping cart; you’ll need to confirm your order using Amazon’s site or mobile apps. It comes with a hook and a magnetic body, so you can keep it handy in the kitchen or anywhere you can hang it around your home.

That’s great for people who frequently purchase products through Amazon – but the Wand has another cool trick up its sleeve: it can do some of the things that Alexa-equipped speakers can do, like control your connected home appliances with voice commands and answer questions like ‘How many grams make an ounce?’ – a major improvement over previous versions of the device that didn’t have access to Alexa’s skills.

To sweeten the deal, Amazon is giving Prime customers $20 back in their accounts when they order a Wand, making the device practically free. Oh, and they’ll also get a free 90-day trial of the AmazonFresh grocery delivery service. It may not do your wallet any good, but it sure sounds like it’ll make everyday shopping a fair bit easier.

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