By Andrew Liszewski
The name RedLaser might be a bit misleading since the app actually uses the iPhone’s camera instead of lasers like at a checkout, but the functionality is basically the same. You just snap a photo of any barcode from the appropriate distance (there’s a handy on-screen guide) and the application will automatically convert it to product info that can be used to search prices online, or just store the item in a shopping list for later reference. I’ve been using an app called SnapTell which provides similar functionality, but since it uses image recognition of the actual product (like the cover of a book or a DVD) the results aren’t always perfect. And I suspect that scanning barcodes instead would prove far more successful.
RedLaser is available on the App Store right now for just $1.99.