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Amazon Dash Lets You Order Items Via Barcode Scan or Voice

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A new device from Amazon lets you add items to an online shopping list just by scanning them or saying their names — and then have those items delivered the next day via Amazon Fresh.

The Dash, as the device is called, is basically a barcode scanner and microphone that hooks up to your home Wi-Fi. Run out of bread? Zap it with the scanner — it's a real laser-based one, like in stores — and the item (or closest equivalent) is added to your Amazon Fresh basket.

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Alternatively, you can just hold down another button and say the name of what you need — "cookie dough," or "flour." (Careful — kids can and probably will add items both ways when you're not around.) The Dash should recognize pretty much everything on Amazon and Fresh, which amounts to millions of items.

Pay online or via the Amazon app, and your groceries should show up in a day or two.

Being a separate device instead of just a part of the app means it can be used by anyone in the family with no fuss — and the laser scanner is better than lining up codes with your smeary cell phone camera.

Right now the Dash is invite-only; Amazon Fresh customers should watch their email for a special code to join up and get the device for free.

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