Groqit: Personal Inventory Management System

Groqit: Personal Inventory Management System

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Taryn Williford
Aug 20, 2008

What's the perfect gift for the person who has everything? How about a way to organize it all? The Groqit personal inventory system scans, labels and records bar codes, all in a handy pen-shaped carry-around package. If you've got a vendetta against transferring everything to digital and are still harboring collectiond of CDs or DVDs, then this just might be the way to keep track of it all.

Once a bar code is scanned, it's kept within the Groqit's 128MB storage, which can hold more than a million bar codes. You can then organize your bar codes into categories for better management.

The groqit can also help those that have really unmanageable collections from buying duplicates.

The device can work independently to "check" collections, or it can be used with a Mac or PC computer—via an USB connection—to connect to Groqit's Web site, where you can sync to your account and translate the bar codes into the real products' names and information. You can then share the inventory with Groqit-owning friends or family members so that you won't buy them something they already have and vice versa.

We think you could also adapt this technology to create uni-store registries. If you're getting married and just aren't the department store type, you could take the Groqit to any store and scan any product with a bar code, then share your list with friends.

It costs $95 and comes with 30 days or 300 free translations, whichever comes first. After that, you'll have pay $4.95 a month for the translation service.

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