Hiku: a product scanner and app combo for easy shopping lists

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Shopping lists are one of those things you have to have but never want to maintain. They are a huge pain. Luckily there now exists the hiku ($79), a scanner and app combo that largely alleviates that pain. Plus it just looks cool. Goodbye paper shopping lists. And let’s face it… nobody wants to peck out a shopping list on their smartphone (that’s even slower than writing on paper).

The scanner is slick in every sense of the word. As you might have guessed it is used to scan the barcodes of products you have just run out of. When you finish a box of cereal, for instance, just give it a quick scan. Scanning is fast and convenient because the hiku is magnetic and can attach to your fridge.

If you’re tired of forgetting things at the store, making written shopping lists (not to mention forgetting them at home) or if you’re in need of a convenient way to share shopping lists with family members, hiku is a well-designed, well-executed solution that is sure to put a smile on your face.

But some items can’t be scanned. Let’s say you run out of paper towels… well, you aren’t going to have a barcode for that. This is no problem for hiku though since you can press a button on the device and speak an item onto your list. In all honesty, hiku’s voice recognition worked better than the Amazon Fire TV’s which I just reviewed earlier this week.

Of course you don’t take the scanner to the store with you. That’s where the app comes in. The app is easy on the eyes and quick to navigate. You can create multiple shopping lists—a great way to separate items from different stores—and you can quick add favorite items that you know you’ll be buying frequently without scanning. You can also sync the app with multiple smartphones so family members can have total access to list creation (or reference). When you are at the store and pickup an item on your list, just cross it off.

When I say the app is smart and convenient, I mean it. When you add items to the list it’s intelligent enough to add items to categories such as dairy or produce or household/cleaning. This means that when you’re at the store you can pickup items in the right order without trekking back across the store.

Before the app I used a whiteboard system. When I needed something I added it to a whiteboard in the kitchen. When it was time to shop I wrote everything down and off I went. Hiku has saved me some serious time—seriously. It’s one of those items that just works as advertised. It’s simple, easy and even fun to use.

Something to look forward to in the near future is the online shopping feature which will find items online and let you order them from within the app.

One of the best features about hiku is it’s ability to sync with Evernote and Remember the Milk. Evernote synchronization makes anything better in my opinion.

For convenience you can use multiple scanners: one in the kitchen, one upstairs or even one in the garage.

If you’re tired of forgetting things at the store, making written shopping lists (not to mention forgetting them at home) or if you’re in need of a convenient way to share shopping lists with family members, hiku is a well-designed, well-executed solution that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Update 7/714: My Hiku unit briefly had an issue where it quit scanning but customer service is fast and outstanding. The team behind this product is very responsive and obviously cares about customers. Purchase this product with impunity.

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  • There are far easier systems to use. You can use a task list within outlook or iCloud and share with your family. It updates across all users and you can update anywhere and anytime. Evernote is another great one. And lastly, if you want a scanner, there are many apps that have it built right into the app rather than having to look for the scanner.

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