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Sorta, kinda free Amazon Dash Wand adds AlexaThe barcode-scanning gadget is designed to hook you into paying $15 a month for the AmazonFresh grocery service.
Amazon has a new magic wand that uses Alexa to help you buy more stuff and it's basically kinda sort of free for Prime members. The Amazon Dash wand is a bar code scanning WiFi stick. Amazon first begun testing it out in 2014 for the grocery service, Amazon Fresh. You scan a bar code when you're running low, Amazon puts it in your shopping cart to be delivered in your next Next order. Now, the new Amazon-1 has Alexa for voice commands, use it to help you find recipes for food you offer or just verbally making an order for your favourite item. Even get it on the same Same day if you use Prime now.>> About that basically sort of free part, you need to be Prime subscriber to even buy the wand and Prime cost roughly a $100 a year. The wand itself is $20, but once you register to the Wise, Amazon is gonna credit your account back that $20. You see, this is all a way to hook you into Amazon Fresh. You'll get to try Amazon Fresh at no charge for three months, but afterward, it's another $15 a month for the grocery delivery. Free service. Now the wand may have Alexa but it doesn't have all the skills of an ecosmart speaker. For example, it will not play music but it can answer some questions like converting kitchen measurements or you can ask what the weather's gonna be or if you have nothing in your fridge at all you could just ask to find a nearby restaurant. I'm Bridget Carey, and if you want to learn more about all the things Alexa can do, head to CNet.com.