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Hiku Labs Hiku

Bar code scanner

Simple scanning

Magnet

USB charging and more

Tiny

Green means go

List making

Item customizaiton

In-app scanning

This tiny device uses voice recognition and bar code scanning to automate grocery list making.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Colin West McDonald/CNET
The scanner recognized many of the UPC codes I tried, and you can use voice commands to assign product names to codes it doesn't recognize.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Colin West McDonald/CNET
You scan a product simply by pushing a button.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Colin West McDonald/CNET
The back of the unit has a built-in magnet, making it easy to keep a Hiku handy on the side of a refrigerator.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Colin West McDonald/CNET
You charge it via USB, and the tiny divot under the port is where, via a bobby pin or similar, you can access the reset button.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Colin West McDonald/CNET
Hiku Labs says the device is small and easy enough for a child to use.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Colin West McDonald/CNET
Along with the green OK status light, you may also have to decipher red and orange indicators flashing from inside the device.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Colin West McDonald/CNET
The list app is clean and intuitive, and the company says it's working on building in an online shopping service in the near future. It's iOS-only for now, but an Android version is also in the works.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Colin West McDonald/CNET
You can customize list items, and also assign them to different lists.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Colin West McDonald/CNET
You can also use the Hiku app to scan bar codes. It bears asking why Hiku isn't just an app.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Rich Brown/CNET
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