Right now I’m meant to be doing laundry. The reason I’m not (other than I really don’t feel like it at the moment) is that I’m out of laundry detergent, and I forgot to pick some up when I stopped at the store on the way home. Theorhetically, if I had one of these Kitchen Companion scanners from Intelliscanner, forgetting what I need once I’m at the market would be a thing of the past.
Ideally, one scans the barcode of a depleted item before throwing the packaging away. Then, when it’s time to go shopping, the scanner is plugged into the PC and the bundled software prepares a grocery list which includes all the items which need replacing. The list can even be sent to an iPod, PDA or mobile so you don’t have
to worry about fiddling with a paper list.
The downside, as I see it,
is that one will then have to remember to bring the list; and, for
that matter, to scan the barcodes in before throwing the items away to
begin with. $249 seems a lot to pay for something I’m likely to forget to use. -[Star C. Foster]