Can't Get Amazon Dash? Check Out Hiku’s Connected Grocery Scanner

Hiku Grocery Scanner In April, Amazon announced it would begin testing a new connected hardware device called the “Amazon Dash,” which lets you order groceries from AmazonFresh by either scanning a product barcode or speaking a product name into the device. But the Dash is only available in select markets where Prime Fresh operates, and customers have to be invited to participate in the device’s private trial. If you can’t get in on the fun, there’s a similar product already available on the market as it turns out: the Hiku. Founded in January 2012 by two ex-Palm engineers, Rob Katcher and Rajan Bala (also of Blackberry), the startup began shipping its own version of a “connected” grocery scanner last fall. However, the company recently ran into some issues scaling to meet demand after the holidays, and ended up with devices on backorder for a couple of months.

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