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Friday, June 26, 2020

Dash Shopping Wand to be Bricked

As predicted, the Dash Wand has gone away.    I don't think I ever bought anything with it, just put it on a list to look at or buy later.    As noted below, they will be bricked ... and I won't be able to do anything with them at all.   Why not provide them as a means for getting a UPC code?    I assume they already oo that all the time anyway.   A simple service for good customers?  No.  They will still act like a nice strong refrigerator magnet,  and they can't brick that away.

Amazon Dash Wand No More – Alexa Shopping Device Discontinued  By Eric Hal Schwartz in Voicebot

Amazon is shutting down the Amazon Dash Wand on July 21, three years after the product scanner and Alexa voice assistant-powered device first debuted. The company isn’t just ending support for the product, it is remotely bricking them so they can’t be used at all and asking owners to send their Wands to Amazon’s recycling program, according to an email sent to Wand owners and shared with Voicebot. The decision continues Amazon’s consolidation around the Echo brand for Alexa with more versatile smart speakers and smart displays instead of the more narrowly-focused Dash Wand ... .'

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