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by Kevin Coupe

Digital Trends reports that Amazon has added a new capability to its Echo Show device, which includes video along with its smart speaker capabilities. The new feature - the ability to scan item bar codes by holding it up in front of the Echo.

According to the story, "To get started, all you need to do is say, 'Alexa, scan this to my shopping list.' Then, just hold the bar code on the package up to the screen. Alexa may have some problems recognizing some private label products, but that isn’t a problem. You can still add the product to your list using voice commands."

And then, Prime members can place their orders at Amazon and/or Whole Foods via the Echo, and even get free two-hour delivery in many markets.

It is going to take a lot of time and people to make this a mainstream function … but I have to admit that I think it is pretty cool. I tried it this morning on my Echo Show, and while it is a little glitchy, it inevitably will get smoother … and I can see getting into the habit very easily.

It is what I call an Eye-Opener.
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