The app uses a custom built barcode scanner and a database of more than 12 million products to help Android owners ascertain immediately if they’re getting a good price or if they’re getting hosed.
Smoopa users select their location — as sourced from Foursquare’s database of places — and scan a product barcode. Once the in-store advertised price is specified, Smoopa compares it against prices from Walmart, Buy.com, Tiger Direct, Best Buy and a handful of other outlets, factors in online shipping costs when applicable, and spits out a green or yellow color-coded recommendation.
How Smoopa Works
The young startup is based in Massachusetts and California with a team from MIT, Google, and Endeca. An iPhone application and additional features are also said to be in the works, according to Mendel Chuang (co-founder).