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You rely on digital devices for just about everything else these days, so why should grocery list-making be any different? Enter the hiku (not to be confused with a haiku).

It’s a handheld gadget that recognizes both barcodes and spoken words. All you have to do is scan or say aloud a food or grocery item that you’ll want to pick up the next time you hit the store, and the hiku sends it to a list on your mobile phone. This clever little device also shows what items on your list are available for purchase online with minimal or free shipping fees, in case there’s a less-costly option than your local market. Besides the brilliance of its immediacy, which most definitely would ensure less-forgotten items, it’s got a super-sleek look, and was designed to discreetly stick on your fridge or sit upright on a countertop. 

The hiku is currently in the early stages of production — despite getting some online buzz, it fell short of its Kickstarter goal — but its designers hope to have it on the market by next March. For those of us who might be refilling our fridges and pantries in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the need for a gadget like this couldn’t be more timely. 

The hiku is part refrigerator magnet, part shopping list, and all digital.

Users can scan items or just say “get milk” to have it added to a list that will be sent to a mobile device.

The speaker-like design makes the hiku an aesthetic upgrade over the old fridge memo pad.

You rely on digital devices for just about everything else these days, so why should grocery list-making be any different? Enter the hiku (not to be confused with a haiku). It’s a handheld gadget that recognizes both barcodes and spoken words.