~ camera phones shop for products ~

Okay, this is a little off the topic of public records, but a quirky application of technology gets the creative mind ticking. TRACNotes reports that some cell phones, with specific service providers, can make use of the camera to scan a product barcode and get prices on similar products.

ScanZOOM’s PriceGrabber technology allows users to take a picture of an item’s barcode. The UPC information is then transmitted via the phone’s Internet capability to ScanZOOM which compares the price on the item scanned with the cost of the item at other nearby stores and at Internet retailers (such as Amazon.com for books). Read more

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