Food Technology: Grocery Shopping From Your Kitchen Counter

Food Technology: Grocery Shopping From Your Kitchen Counter

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Kathryn Hill
Jul 2, 2008

Imagine never having to go to the grocery store again, and having all your food and household items delivered to you at the push of a button. This may be possible with Ikan.

Ikan is a white device with a barcode scanner that costs $400. It's then mounted on your kitchen countertop or wall. When you finish a product, you scan the barcode, which is sent to your Ikan account and memorized. Ikan will also tell you where you can recycle the packaging locally, if available. For non-barcode items such as fresh produce and meats, a Voice Reminder translates spoken commands into text. When you're ready to restock, visit your account on Ikan, go over your grocery lists, and push a button to schedule a delivery.

What do you think? Is this a good way to save time by eliminating an errand out of your life, thus freeing up more time in your schedule for family and friends? Is mass grocery delivery more sustainable in the long term?

(Image: Ikan)

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