Philips Unveils Home Shopping Device
from the ok,-first,-let's-take-two-failed-ideas... dept
Here’s a strange one. Philips today unveiled a home grocery shopping device. It lets you scan in bar codes of groceries you’ve bought to build a regular “shopping list”. That list can then be sent to or downloaded by a grocery store for pickup or home delivery. As far as I can tell, this basically takes two horribly failed ideas (home shopping appliances and internet grocery delivery) and combines them. Either the combination will create a third failed idea (probably) or maybe it fills in the gaps of what both of the original services were missing. It would help if the device actually had some grocery store partners, which it doesn’t, so the argument might not matter at all. I do wonder how they would convince anyone to pay for the devices upfront, though. Is grocery shopping such a pain that you would pay for a device to help you with it? I don’t think it’s a huge market.