Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) launched a new product called Amazon Dash that allows the user to add groceries and household goods to their shopping lists using the company's AmazonFresh service.
Dash is a thin, wand-like device that includes both a microphone and a barcode scanner. Customers can speak into it or scan an item's barcode to automatically add that product to their AmazonFresh shopping list. Dash uses a Wi-Fi connection to send the information over the internet to the company.
For now, the device is available only on a trial basis to Amazon customers in San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles who pay for Amazon's Prime Fresh membership, which includes unlimited grocery delivery for $299 per year. In addition to ordering grocery items online, AmazonFresh customers can add local and Amazon.com items to their order.
Dash is the second hardware launch for Amazon this week, following the introduction on Wednesday of the Fire TV set-top box, a streaming video device.
Amazon has been steadily expanding its AmazonFresh online grocery business. The company has plans to launch the service, which has operated in Seattle since 2007, in roughly 20 urban areas in 2014, including some outside the US.
Here's Amazon's video describing the product:
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