Amazon Dash

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The Amazon Dash may change the way shoppers shop for groceries by enabling them to grocery shop out of their home. Photo courtesy of fresh.amazon.com

The Amazon Dash may change the way shoppers shop for groceries by enabling them to grocery shop out of their home. Photo courtesy of fresh.amazon.com

Amazon may be changing how people grocery shop by releasing the Amazon Dash, a device that allows customers to buy foods and goods right out of their own home.

The Amazon Dash is small device that is a little over six inches long and one inch wide. It uses Wi-Fi connection and a built in microphone. It allows shoppers to scan or say an item that they wish to purchase. The Dash works by using a barcode scanner so once an item is scanned the shoppers will be adding that exact item to  their shopping cart.

If the shoppers don’t have the item to scan, they can press a button to use the microphone and say what item they want and it will save the search onto a shopping list.

Once added the shoppers can then go to their AmazonFresh shopping cart and then purchase the items as well as scheduling a delivery. AmazonFresh ships out items everyday and keep the items in controlled conditions. This allows refrigerated items and frozen items to be shipped to customers.

Right now there are over 500,000 different items that can be purchased and that number will continue to rise, Amazon says.

Right now, this method of shopping is only available in Seattle and parts of California, but will slowly expand throughout the United States and in other parts of the world. Currently, only selected individuals are able to use this device because it is on an invite-only.

As this new way of shopping further develops, it will be available for the general public. There is not a date posted for when that will happen.

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