The SmartShopper is billed as ‘an automated grocery list assistant’, and if the spec is anything to go by, it’s a pretty cool tool. It uses Nuance voice recognition (the people behind Dragon NaturallySpeaking) so you literally press a button, say the item you need and it’s added to your shopping list. When you’re on your way out, you press print and out pops a full list created by the internal thermal printer.
Not only that, but you can add ‘errands’ – e.g. bank, car wash – to the list and they will be printed out at the top of the grocery list. Sounds like an interesting product, although since you have to manually highlight and select things like item quantity, I wonder just how it’s going to improve on using a fridge mounted paper and pencil. $149.99.
Voice Recognition The SmartShopper employs the power of Nuance’s Vocon 3200 engine. This speaker-independent voice recognition system makes it easy for any member of the family to use the device… Database The unit recognizes nearly 2,500 items sold in your local grocery store in english. You can also add your own additional items to the database of your unit!