by Joe White
August 19, 2010
We all love barcode scanning apps. Who doesn't relish the thrill of taking their iPhone out, taking a snapshot of a DVD or video game, and allowing their chosen app to search for anything and everything about the product they're currently facing? Even though I hardly use apps like RedLaser or QuickScanner on my iPhone, I can't help but feel that the technology is truly futuristic, innovative, and very cool. However, one thing most barcode scanning apps have failed to add to the scene is a social dimension. We can find out prices, product reviews, and availability, yet we have no idea what our friends have to say about the item we've scanned. The good news, though, is that if you're desperate for a feature such as this to be included in a barcode-scanning application, you haven't got long to wait. Bakodo Scanner, the popular free scanning app, is soon to receive an update that will bring some supercool social features. As Mashable reports, an upcoming version of Bakodo allows users to see exactly what their friends are scanning, and what they think of the items they've scanned. This is expected to ease the decision-making process many encounter when confronted with a scanned item they greatly desire. I guess if your friend has bought it and likes it, the process of buying the thing for yourself is greatly facilitated. Additionally, the pending update also adds more than 60,000 grocery items to the app's database, increasing the application's usefulness. We'll be reporting on Bakodo as soon as the update hits the App Store. In the meantime, why not check out the app and load it on your iPhone, so you're ready when it comes along - it is free, after all.
RedLaser - Barcode Scanner and QR Code Reader