The problem that Hiku looks to eradicate is that of forgetting to buy stuffs when you go out shopping. Haiku is simply a bar-code reader come voice recognition hardware, which will help you remember to buy all things your kitchen needs the next time you go out shopping.
This kickstarter project is a small but solid looking circular device, which houses a dedicated barcode reader, just like the ones that are found in stores. Apart from the barcode reader, Hiku also comes with voice recognition software installed. Using these two methods on input, a user can utilize the device to scan products that needs to be bought the next time or say it out loud, which the device will recognize. The inputted data is immediately sent over the home Wi-Fi network to your smartphone, where it is displayed as a list. So, the next time you go grocery shopping, you can take out your phone and check out the earlier saved list. The data sent to your smartphone can also be shared with others.
Currently, the hardware is only compatible with iOS devices, with the list being available to be read on any device with a web browser, including other smartphones and computers. However, the company does have plans to expand it to other platforms.
The first question that popped up in my mind was why not use the smartphone camera instead of using a dedicated hardware to just scan barcodes and recognize voice. Hiku has the following answer to this question.
“From the earliest days of hiku, we set out to make a product that was instant so it would satisfy the demands of a busy family. One that’s as fast, if not faster, than pen and paper. You simply can not do that with a mobile app alone.
For example, hiku’s 1D linear scanner is a dedicated piece of hardware that scans over 50 times per second, making scans instantaneous and ultra accurate. With a mobile app alone, every time you want to scan an item you have to find your phone, unlock it, find your app, launch it, tap add, choose scan, wait for the camera to load, focus on the barcode, and then wait for the results. With hiku you press one button and you’re done.”
Hiku is designed to be water resistant and has a tough body that can withstand falls. The company says the rechargeable lithium-ion battery will last upto 2 months depending on useage, which can then be juiced up through a USB port.
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