Amazon thinks the future of grocery shopping is via remote control
One important news item that might not have had enough attention this week is Amazon’s soft rollout of Amazon Dash, a Wi-Fi and voice enable barcodes scanner designed to make shopping at home easier than ever. The handheld device works hand in hand with Amazon Fresh, the company’s urban grocery delivery service. It allows users to scan the barcodes of grocery items that need to be replenished, or speak into the remote like a microphone to add new items to the grocery list. This article by the Daily Dot explains:
“A demonstrative video for the device does make it seem pretty neat. And evidently, it’s not just for groceries. Dash recognizes millions of items from both AmazonFresh and Amazon.com. However, you don’t buy things with Dash. It merely adds items to a list that must then be ordered from either a computer or smartphone.
So far, the Device is currently available on a free trial basis to a limited number AmazonFresh customers in Southern California, San Francisco and Seattle. Interested customers can sign up on the Amazon Dash website.
Of course, it’s one thing to put out a highly-polished presentation video. Field testing will show just how effective Dash can be. As Siri has proven, voice recognition technology is pretty good, but still prone to silly mistakes.
Dash is just the latest in a steady stream of would-be innovations coming from Amazon. Late last year, the company made headlines when CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans to launch a fleet of delivery drones that will fly smaller packages directly from Amazon distribution centers to people’s homes.”