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Old September 18th, 2012, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Brand surveillance

Brand surveillance is just a suggested name for an app, can be any other. First, I describe for what activity in the reality I want to use the app.

There are many brands that produce the same products (by products I mean groceries and drinks) like Wust nach französische Art (German), Teewurst, tofu, Schmand, chips, pasta, rice, parmesan cheese, gouda cheese and many many other categories of products. These brands produce the same products but they also try to make them different to meet the varying needs of the customers and what's more important they produce them with different quality. There are so many brands that it is not always easy for consumers to remember those brands which of them were bought before, which of them I liked and which not, how they tasted, how I felt about them, how much this product cost in this shop and how much in the other, or, where did I buy this product that I liked so much? For example, I personally don't like Carolinen (German drink water) taste but get confused each time when see so many brands in front of me in a shop and ask my self which one?. Or, probably I dont like a parlicular drink from Carolinen and this casts a shadow on all Carolinen products but when I know for sure which Carolinen drink I want to avoid this can encourage me to try other drinks from Carolinen. Maybe some of them are really good.

I want the app to have the following

Bar scanning
User-generated database of products
Ability to search in the database with the barcode. For example, I am in a shop and want to buy rice. I scan a rice package and the app checks if such product is saved in my database and shows it to me so that I can see what my opinion of this particular brand was since last purchase.
Product profile that includes lines:

name of the product (preferably obtained with the help of barscanning and a possibility to edit)
category of a product (like milk, Wurst, Rauchlasch (in German), rice and so on, user-generated but popping suggestions while typing would be nice, a possibility to see all brands saved under this category)
photo (obtained from scanning and use-generated)
barcode (obtained from scanning)
price-place binding (several can be added, user-generated and automatic)
comments (a possibility to edit at any time)
other optional lines (user-generated)
rating
sharing possibilities
date of purchase or scanning
personal taste feelings
sweetness
saltness
fatness

The main idea shortly is to be able to store the products I buy and my comments to them, and be able to retrieve this information with the help of barcode scanner or by opening a category of products.

Similar but not identical apps for beer, wine, shoes.

p.s. guess: my weblinks will be deleted. I can send them in private on the request.

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