Amazon’s latest Alexa wand lets you order groceries by voice command

Key Points
  • Amazon launched a new version of its Dash Wand on Thursday
  • It has Amazon's Alexa voice assistant built in
  • You can use Alexa to control your smart home, order groceries and more by voice

Amazon launched its new Dash Wand on Thursday, which lets you order groceries by voice command.

It's the second version of Amazon's Dash Wand, but this one includes Amazon's smart voice assistant Alexa.

While it has Alexa built-in, the Dash Wand isn't meant to sit in your living room to serve as a speaker like Amazon's Echo. Instead, it's supposed to be kept on your fridge, using magnets, and is best for ordering products from Amazon.

Examples: You can ask Alexa to add items to your shopping list, or use the wand to perform any other skill supported by Alexa. You might ask it to turn off your smart lights, or to check the score of a basketball game. The Dash Wand also allows users to scan barcodes of products they'd like to buy direct from Amazon. Scanned items can be placed in a shopping cart and purchased with a smartphone later.

The Dash Wand is available now for $20 and Amazon is including a $20 rebate when you make your first purchase.