The lazy shopper, redux

It's still no alternative to ordering a pizza.

CrunchGear

The line between laziness and forgetfulness is a fine one, but the consequences are the same: Nothing gets done. That's how we justify our fondness for products like the " SmartShopper ," which spits out a paper shopping list after you tell it what you need. Even the likes of HP are getting into this act.

But what if you don't know what should be on the list (and are too lazy to open the refrigerator door)? That's where the "Ikan" comes in. The idea, according to CrunchGear, goes something like this: Before you toss an empty carton of milk or whatever, scan it first on this countertop device. Don't be fooled by the photo--it's small, not the size of a parking meter. Then, in theory, the Ikan will know just what you need to buy and print out a list when you're ready to shop.

There's just one problem--who wants to scan every item before throwing it away? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the laziness lifestyle to which we're so dearly accustomed? Oh Kozmo, we hardly knew ye.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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