ScanLife is one of the main barcode scanning apps for BlackBerrys. They just announced a new feature in their app that offers up coupons, local prices, and nutrition information when you scan 1D (UPC) barcodes you see on practically all products. In detail the new features allow for:
- Local prices via Milo.com. Scan the code to see what other local stores currently have the product in-stock and how the price at one compares to another down the block. Great for local price checks when doing last minute holiday shopping.
- Digital coupons from Coupons.com. Scan a code from a product in your home or on the go to get relevant coupons from top manufacturers. Customers can scan a box of cereal or bottle of shampoo to find and print coupons for savings in the store. This is a useful new feature considering that over 30 percent of ScanLife traffic comes from everyday products like groceries and personal care.
- Nutrition information via Food Essentials. Scan the code to see if there are specific allergens like gluten or peanuts in a specific food, or get other health information like calories and sugars. Food Essentials has built the database over the last six years by collecting food label data and manually parsing the individual ingredients.
These new features are supposedly already in the latest version of ScanBuy but I am still waiting for my device to reboot to try them out. The new features are limited to the US only but other users will still have access to existing features which include online pricing information, reviews, and product specs.
To get the latest version of the free ScanLife application head to www.getscanlife.com from your BlackBerry browser.