Amazon's New Dash Wand Includes Alexa, is Basically Free



It's Wi-Fi enabled so Alexa can offer some functionality that you can get on the more expensive Echo devices.

The company just launched a new instant-ordering gadget, the Dash Wand, that lets you fill up your Amazon shopping cart by using voice commands or scanning barcodes on the packages you have sitting in your kitchen cupboards.

Examples: You can ask Alexa to add items to your shopping list, or use the wand to perform any other skill supported by Alexa. It's added to your shopping cart.

If you live in the USA and subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can now get the Dash Wand for free (or nearly free, anyway). However, once you register and activate it, Amazon will give you a $20 credit. And it's essentially free if you below to Amazon Prime. Dash Wand is only available in the U.S. for now.

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The Amazon Dash Wand is around 5 inches tall and is magnetic so that you can stick it onto your fridge. It costs $20 but, for a limited time, users will get $20 off their next purchase once the device is registered. It also comes with a free 90-day trial of AmazonFresh.

For now, the new Amazon Dash Wand is available only to Amazon Prime members in the United States, but it should expand its availability later on. 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. This normally costs $14.99 every month and it won't be auto renewed, unless the customers says they want it to be.

Amazon wants to turn you into a money-spending wizard with yet another product created to get you in touch with its personal assistant Alexa.