The New York Times is reporting on a new appliance called the Ikan, meant to reduce your trips to the grocery store. Essentially the piece is a scanner that will keep track of items you throw away so that they are automatically added to your shopping list.
Imagine the benefits, particularly for those of you who start multiple grocery lists and then end up at the store without any of them. It not only adds the item, but searches its database to identify the full name and description, including any details such as box size or special flavor. The device is meant to then place the order electronically, so that items can be delivered to your door.
It has a color screen, a laser scanner and a Wi-Fi antenna – all you need to provide are the empty containers, a home wireless network and a local store that accepts electronic orders. There are lots of other features to the appliance, including an alert if you are about to toss a recyclable container.
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