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Consumer swarms coming soon?

Posted by: on Jul 2, 2008 | No Comments

Android Scan is one of the applications under development for the Android. Here’s a list of features:

Scan is an

Android application that finds pricing and metadata for anything with a barcode. Here are some key features that make Scan stand out:

  • Automatic barcode recognition using onboard phone camera using ZXing library
  • Shows CD, DVD, or book cover along with detailed reviews from
  • Searches over a dozen stores, both online and brick+mortar
    • Highlights brick+mortar stores that are nearby, with option to call the store or get directions
    • Links to online storefronts to buy online from the phone
  • Tracklisting for CDs, along with option to play sample tracks right on phone
  • For books, searches local libraries to see if they have a copy.

So imagine seeing a CD somewhere (Wal-Mart, the library, a friend’s house) and deciding that you’d like it. You scan it and get a list of online and offline sellers, arranged by price. For offline sellers, you also get mapped directions. Now imagine that the CD’s deeply discounted at a local retailer, so you head on over there.

Okay, now imagine that there’s a precipitating event, such as an appearance on Conan O’Brien by a recording artist whose older work has just been used in a new movie. (This scenario is similar to the one described in Larry Niven’s Flash Crowd.) So suddenly everyone wants the same CD at once

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