CES 2017: “GeniCan was invented to solve one simple problem: forgetfulness. Or more specifically, forgetfulness as it relates to grocery shopping,” says GeniCan Co-Founder and Inventor Rob Griffin.
“I used to get a lot of texts from my wife while she was at the store saying, ‘hey, can you send me a pic of the grocery list?’ Talking with friends made me realise that leaving the grocery list at home was an issue for other shoppers too. Then there’s the issue of going to the store without a complete list, which means coming home without those things that never got added to the list.”
The ‘ah ha!’ moment came when Rob watched his son throw away a ketchup bottle. “I realised that the best time to capture those items for the shopping list is the second you throw them away,” he says. Two years of product development (and several prototypes followed), resulting in a small, unobtrusive device that attaches to the inside of your rubbish or recycling bin, and reads barcodes when items are swiped past the barcode reader. GeniCan then connects to your home WiFi network to add items to the shopping list located in the GeniCan app on your smartphone.
If your item does not have a bar code, you simply hold the item, or you hand, in front of the scanner for two-seconds and GeniCan will ask what it can add to your list. Tell GeniCan the item you would like to add and it will do the rest!
Genevan is priced $149 and shipping is expect to start at the beginning of 2017.