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I’m proud to introduce a little web application I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. I call it: Grocist
It works like this:
You plug a barcode scanner into your computer (preferably one in the kitchen):
and simply scan the barcodes of any packages before you discard them.
(typing in items such as bananas also works for non-barcoded items.)
Grocist looks up the product’s information from the UPC database:
and keeps a running grocery list for you.
I’ve been using it for a while now and it’s been working great. For the first time in my life I’ve been remembering to buy microwave popcorn!
In the future if there is demand for it, I’d like to add additional features. Here are some features I’ve thought of so far but I’m certainly open to suggestions:
- RSS feed for grocery list (PyRSS2Gen?)
- Integration with home delivery services such as Peapod
- Automatically get coupons for items on your grocery list
- Search for the grocery store with the lowest price for the items on your list
- Group items by aisle
- Cuecat support
There are a world of possibilities when you start storing information online.
Grocist is written in pure Python using MySQL to store the data. I’d say actual programming time was around 10 hours (for the Python part). The CSS part was another 5 hours (I don’t know why that stuff is so hard.). And trying to make a logo depicting a shopping cart with a RSS icon in it took two hours to figure out I ultimately couldn’t make one that looked good
What if I don’t want to buy a kitchen computer and barcode scanner just to use your web app?
That’s understandable. I primarily made this for my own use and thought it may be useful for the few other people out there who already own barcode scanners. But more and more people are getting kitchen computers these days, and if you have a computer in your kitchen you really need a barcode scanner; And at that point I hope you’ll think of Grocist for the grocery list functions of your kitchen computer!
Are There Other Products Like this?
Yes, in fact there are, but none did just what I wanted. Here are a few applications (and hardware) that I found:
Is there a movie?
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