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Cue Cat Redux

this was good for a laugh :-),,1095371,00.asp

Friday, May 23, 2003

Microsoft may actually be right here. The ability to identify a potential problem with an item prior to purchase (nut allergies...) is a reasonable market to aim for.

Cuecat was very much a good idea in totally the wrong place. Cuecat as a small extension on a mobile phone is a very different proposition (its bring the information you need to the item not requiring you to drag the item to the information).

Ben Thompson
Friday, May 23, 2003

"Automatic weblogging"?  What the *fuck* does this have to do with online journals?

Friday, May 23, 2003

I would LOVE to have a portable bar-code reader.  There are so many possibilities if this became ubiquitous.

I'm diabetic.  I'd love to be able to scan a barcode, have my PDA look up (probably using SOAP) the product and tell me the nutritional information.

Imagine going to an electronics store, finding a cool-looking MP3 player, scanning the barcode, and your PDA looks up a product review (which reveals that it's $100 over-priced at the store you're in).

Imagine walking through the grocery store with a grocery list on your PDA.  As you put things in the basket, you scan them with the barcode reader and it automatically checks them off the grocery list (and keeps a running total of your bill).

The thing that was stupid about Cue Cat was the business model.

Richard Ponton
Friday, May 23, 2003

If the nutritional information of the product could be looked up over the internet by barcode then you could have a PDA keeping track of what you are eating, and thus an automatic dietitian. No more fat coders.

Matthew Lock
Friday, May 23, 2003

Check out
It's maintained by Shawn C. Reimerdes of Leech Software, and more notably, of Universal v. Reimerdes fame.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

Richard - you just described why this product would either
a) be banned from stores, or
b) create a great new market in customized UPC systems (so you can't compare products between stores)


Saturday, May 24, 2003

Hrm, the one practical use for this I can think of is to go to a book shop, browse the books on offer, then scan the barcode of my chosen purchase and have it ordered from amazon at a lower price. I can imagine this won't make me popular with the shop owners.

using this for food shopping would be far to clumsy considering the number of items involved, I can't see anyone scanning every single purchase.

As for the autoblogging premise, can I have some of what they are smoking?

Saturday, May 24, 2003

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