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Confidence Stow-A-Bike Foldable Exercise Bike

This is an exercise bike with a folding frame, designed to be easy to set up and put away when you're not using it. If you are short of space…

Confidence Stow-A-Bike Foldable Exercise Bike
Asus EAH5670 PCI Express Video Card with ATI Radeon HD5670 GPU

Today I purchased an Asus EAH5670 PCI Express Video Card with 1GB GDDR5 RAM, based on the ATI Radeon HD5670 Graphics Processor Unit. It has VGA, DVI and HDMI connectors,…

Asus EAH5670 PCI Express Video Card with ATI Radeon HD5670 GPU
SwissGear Wireless Presenter with Laser Pointer

The SwissGear wireless presenter is a small handheld remote control for PowerPoint presentations. It also has an inbuilt red laser pointer. It is manufactured by Wenger, who are famous for…

SwissGear Wireless Presenter with Laser Pointer
SCA Illuminated Digital Air Pressure Gauge

The SCA Digital Air Pressure Gauge lets you quickly and accurately measure the air pressure in your car and bicycle tyres.

The pressure gauge is fully electronic and displays the measured…

SCA Illuminated Digital Air Pressure Gauge
Tweaks to Site Appearance

I am currently tweaking the visual appearance of the site. You may see things change in size, colour or be moved around.

For a long time, I felt that the header…

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Gadget Diary – Shopping at Woolworths

Written by Vlad on December 13, 2010 – 12:02 am - 1,209 views

It was really hot here in Sydney on Saturday night, so I went to Woolies, just before midnight, to get myself some cold bottles of soda water and Pepsi Max. There was only one checkout open, and the customer there had a lot of items, so I reluctantly went to the self-checkouts – the ones where you scan your goods yourself.

The reason why I hate using them is because I find it a pain in the backside to open the plastic bags. They are all pressed together flat and stuck to each other. This means that you have to put all your shopping down to use both hands, to separate one plastic bag from the others and then to pry it apart so you can put your shopping inside.

What Woolies (and the other supermarkets) need is a machine that can automatically separate and open a single bag – say when the customer presses a button next to the scanner. This would greatly speed up the handling of purchases and help make them more money.

Does anyone know if such a machine exists? If so, please leave a comment. Otherwise, perhaps I will invent one.


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