There was first the Amazon button, now the voice activated shopping devices. reducing barriers, and getting in earlier on the decision making process is good enough disruption to any supermarket out there. Now all it needs is custom offers by time of day and mood of voice to make that closer more effective. Now that is smart shopping!
Amazon’s Echo speaker/intelligent tube/listening pal revealed a bit more of its true nature today: It can now field voice-powered buying requests, translating your spoken desire for more paper towels into more actual paper towels, for instance. The catch is that it’s restricted to Prime members, it only works with Prime-eligible goods, and you need both a U.S. billing address and a U.S.-based payment method.
To command your smart cylinder to conduct commerce on your behalf, all you need do is use your Wake word, then tell it to reorder whatever item you’re after. This is designed to be an easy way to order again things you’re often already buying rep eats of anyway, so ostensibly Amazon is positioning it as a convenience feature, not a full-fledged shopping alternative.
But you can actually order something new – to an extent. If Echo fails to find what you’re asking for in…
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