Like Shazam...but for products

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  1. OrangeCuse44 macrumors 65816

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  2. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000

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    I am not sure of the point of this, if I have the product in my hand couldn't I just read the label? Maybe I am missing something here.
     
  3. pb30 macrumors newbie

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    Lets say you're at a store looking at a product and you want to know if its cheaper online. Just snap a pic of the cover then compare the price to Amazon/Barnes and Noble, or get reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, Google, etc.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    How does this work? I was thinking it would be cool to have something that could somehow scan a bar code like my isight does when I scan books/cds/games/dvds into my Delicious Library.

    I'd be interested in something like this if it did indeed work, but I am real curious how it scales the net for an image taken with a crappy cell phone camera and somehow matches the product info. :confused:
     
  5. kas23 macrumors 603

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    Do you have to take a picture of the UPC? The problem with this is that i dont think the iphones camera can take detailed shots that close.

    Android has an app like this. Very cool idea. The android version will also map out the places around you where it is cheaper.
     
  6. OrangeCuse44 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Reviews have stated it works surprisingly well. Even in low light, bad conditions. It works like Shazam does. The image is run through a product database it spits out the results. I agree a bar code scanning app would be great because it could work for every type of product.
     
  7. pb30 macrumors newbie

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    It doesn't use the UPC, it's just based off the product cover, and it works pretty well. I hope it integrates more price-search functionality. Right now it just links to a couple places like Amazon, Wikipedia, Google, etc.
     
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Clearly you do not own this so I'm thinking you're lacking any sort of qualification to really say if it works. The idea is cool, the execution ... perhaps not so much. I'm going to try it when I get home, but I'm just wondering why all the talk if it is free, that you only rely on reviews to speak to it.


    You're the developer, aren't you?
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  9. jarofclay73 macrumors regular

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    I've had this for a while and it works very well. I use this to avoid a dumb blind buy or see if it's selling elsewhere for cheaper.
     
  10. pb30 macrumors newbie

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    Nope, haven't even had the time to sit down and learn Obj C yet
     
  11. OrangeCuse44 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow, sorry for letting everyone know about this and try to help. There was no reason for you to respond with a comment like that. Grow up.
     
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  13. Eric Isaacson macrumors 6502

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    I've been using this for a week or so and it works great. I've taken pics at several stores checking their prices against online stores and it has worked almost evertime. The only time it didn't work it was some obscure book that I chose to take a pic of.

    Since my family are avid readers and I also love movies and finding the best deal this a great App for us. It is definitely a must have if you like to read or watch movies.
     
  14. kas23 macrumors 603

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    I dl'd it and it works very well. I even took a picture of one of my medical books and it was able to find it. I just don't know what its purpose is.

    I originally thought this would work for any product, but it doesn't - just books, video, and music. But, it would be better for other products. If I can actually read the title on the cover of the book/video/CD, then wouldn't it probably be just as fast and efficient to type (or speak!) the title into Google? By this method, I would likely get even more price listings. For this reason, I really don't know what this product is good for. Cool idea though, they just need to expand it past the obvious (stuff that tells you what it is right on its very cover).

    Or, maybe it would be useful if we took a picture of the hard copy, then it listed its electronic versions online (with their different prices).
     
  15. theDUB macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, but if you already know what the product is (because you are holding it in your hand) you could just search for it online yourself.
     
  16. kas23 macrumors 603

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    Here is some information about the Android app ShopSavvy. This is the type of application we need on the iPhone:

    http://profy.com/2008/10/23/shopsavvy-doing-amazingly-well-on-android-market-2/

    This would be a killer app for the iPhone.

    Update:

    http://www.biggu.com/2008/11/13/why-no-shopsavvy-on-iphone/

    C'mon Apple, for Pete's sake, just do something right!
     

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