Monday, November 08, 2010

Noogle our Noggle!

We get hundreds of emails a day, many of which are from you requesting new features, and one of the top requested features happens to be the ability to scan stuff into your Delicious Library from your iPhone. Sure, we sell a bluetooth scanner that allows you to scan barcodes, but you think it would be cool to be able to scan with your phone, and we agree with you!

Enter our newest iPhone app: Noogle Noggles–an experiment Google Goggles client!

Noogle Noggles allows you to identify an item by taking a picture of the item on your iPhone. That’s pretty much it. Snap a picture of the cover a book and BAM!, it tells you which book it is. Same with your favorite games, movies, household items, barcodes, and more. It won’t identify everything though. If you take a picture of your cat, Mr. Flufferson, it’s not going to know it’s Fluffy–unless you managed to get Fluffy into Google’s product database, which is where the info is coming from.

Why did I call it experimental? Well right now Noogle Noggles isn’t hooked up to Delicious Library 2. So if you take a picture of your favorite Pioneer Speakers, it should identify them, but after that there’s no way to add them directly to your library on your Mac.

Why not? Because Noogle Noggles is only experimental. We’re playing with the interface and how the search functionality works, to make sure it’s really going to be a pleasure for you to use and a true asset to Delicious Library. We took Google’s Goggle interface and simplified it–making it extremely easy to use. We ditched the forward and back arrows that Goggles makes you use in order to scan a new item, opting instead to keep everything on one screen so that you never have to stop scanning. So go ahead, try it out, and let us know what you think.