Jetsons-style grocery shopping

Each time you’re about to throw away an empty container — for ketchup, cereal, pickles, milk, macaroni, paper towels, dog food or whatever — you just pass its bar code under the scanner. With amazing speed and accuracy, the Ikan beeps, consults its online database of one million products, and displays the full name and description.

In a clear, friendly font, the screen might say: “Nabisco Reduced Fat Ritz Crackers 14.5 Oz.,” for example. Now you can toss the box, content that its replacement has been added to your shopping list.

After a few days of this, you can review the list online at Ikan.net — and if everything looks good, click once to have everything delivered to your house at a time you specify.

Maybe it’s not exactly a Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle. But at least it’s the Netflix of groceries.
State of the Art – Grocery Shopping Made Easy – NYTimes.com

The next revision of this will be a smaller, lighter scanner. When that happens AND when (if?) they integrate with Fresh Direct or Whole Foods, I am SO there.

 

  • Ahem.

    Now you can *recycle* the box.

    Other than that, the scanner sounds AWESOME.

  • Shripriya

    Blue – TOTALLY agree with you. I’m a recycling freak (even tear the windows out of window envelopes to ensure they can be recycled safely 🙂 )

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  • Just visited the ikan website. Must say it is a very smart idea for a site.

  • have you tried car supermarkets?

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