Grocery store checkout lanes are completely automated now. So automated in fact, that many of them no longer require a cashier. You just scan your own items and handle the payment yourself.

So why is it that when we create our grocery lists at home, we still do it with pen and paper?

The technology I would like to see is a refrigerator with a built-in scanner. As soon as you run out of something, say milk for example, you slide the UPC label under the scanner and just like that, milk is added to your grocery list.

Internet enabled?

Better yet, if my refrigerator was Internet enabled (yes, I just mentioned an Internet enabled refrigerator) my scanned grocery items could be cross-referenced against all of the grocery stores in my area to let me know if any of the items I need are on sale or can be purchased at a discount with a coupon.

Of course, I’m not going to hook a printer up to my refrigerator so I anticipate that my smart refrigerator could email or text my grocery list to my computer or mobile phone with the touch of a button.

What other features did I miss? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Disclaimer: Technologies presented in the Technology I’d Like To See (TILTS) series are based on my original (and sometimes delirious) thoughts. I present them here to the public only because I can not afford to implement any of them myself. If you steal borrow one of my ideas and end up filthy rich because of it, please remember where you got the idea and throw a little love my way. Something like a BMW or a big fat check would do just fine.

Patric Welch

Patric Welch founded Noobie, Inc. in 2006 to help others effectively choose and use technologies to enhance their work and lives. The catchy company name earned Welch the name of Mr. Noobie®, but, in reality, Welch is an experienced and professional techie. Unlike most techies, Welch evaluates emerging technologies from a noobie’s perspective and provides technology education for all skill levels in a friendly, non-threatening way.
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