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The Dotdotdot is a device that helps the visually impaired to get around shopping without any trouble or dependency. Designed as a barcode scanner, the device tells the user the cost in Braille and additional information (product name, manufacturer name, weight or size, cost) by sound. By turning it on, the system automatically provides store layout information as well.
I’m not such a fan of going to the grocery store. It’s a pain in the butt and my kids always want to buy stuff I know they won’t eat. I also always forget to buy something important because I get distracted by all the samples. This is one of the reasons that the AmazonFresh grocery delivery service is so interesting to me.
The service is only offered in parts of California and Washington right now and allows those in the region to order their groceries online. That means you never have to step into a grocery store again or wait in line. To complement the service, a new gadget has been announced called the Amazon Dash. This device is aiming at making what has to be the worst part of the AmazonFresh service, making your list, easier.
Dash is a handheld gadget that scans barcodes on the items you want and uploads them via WiFi to your shopping list. It also has a mic and voice recording function for those items that don’t have bar codes.
The Dash is apparently free for anyone in the AmazonFresh delivery area.
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I tried working as a cashier at a friend’s store once, and I have to say, it was tough. You would think that it’s all fun and games, pointing the scanning gun at the barcodes of items that people have bought, but it’s harder than you think.
I realized that it took a certain amount of skill, not to mention experience and familiarity, to get into a rhythm and scan stuff in rapid succession without having to rescan any item. Something that might potentially eliminate this problem is the Finger Scanner by Seokmin Kang.
It’s a barcode scanner concept that basically takes that whole scanner and crams it into a tiny device that’s meant to be worn on the user’s index finger. All the user will have to do is scan his finger over the barcode, and voila! It’s done.
It’s only a concept for now, but it’s definitely an interesting one. Just think at how it could make the jobs of so many cashiers easier while cutting down on the average checkout time.
The Finger Scanner is a barcode scanner that you can put on your finger and scan stuff at the grocery store. The idea is to reduce the wait time at the checkout line and get billing done more efficiently. Besides the high cool-quotient, I like the progressive nature of this design. Minimal and functional!