The SmartShopper is a small device that can sit on the counter or hand on a wall. It uses a thermal printer and you press the record button and just say what you want to add to the list. The gadget is available now for about $80. Replacement paper for the device sells for $10.99 for three rolls.
I hate going shopping because it always seems like I forget something. I don’t generally make a shopping list because I can’t read my own writing half the time. If you want to be able to add things to an ongoing shopping list as you see that you need them the SmartShopper is perfect.
This device uses Nuance technology inside to recognize what you say and add the item to the list for you. To use the SmartShopper all you need to do is hit the blue record button and it will say "Speak Now" on the screen. You them say what it is you want to add to the list and the SmartShopper will put up three options that it thinks you mean. You then choose the correct item from those offered or hit the record button and try again if it didn't understand what you said.
The coolest part about the SmartShopper is that it automatically categorizes your list for you. I hate when my wife makes the list and adds something at the end at the last minute. It may be something that I have to go to the other side of the store for after already being there once just because of where the item is on the list.
The SmartShopper takes every entry and sorts it into categories like fresh produce, beverages, snacks, laundry supplies, paper products and so on. That way you know that everything you need that is in that one section is on the list so you can go to a part of the store once. The SmartShopper recognizes brand names too like Dr. Pepper and Hamburger Helper for instance.
The printer that the SmartShopper uses is thermal and uses special rolls of paper. This is the only real downside to the gadget. The rolls of paper are small and depending on how many lists you print the paper might not last long. Thermal means no ink to replace though. The printed lists look a lot like narrow receipts to me. The other issue for me is that the device at times doesn't understand what I say. It is more likely to not understand you if you are in a noisy room too.
The SmartShopper is an interesting little gadget that is easy to use and works pretty well. It has a few issues with understanding some items but works well overall.
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