While store shopping, ever wondered how much that book, CD, gadget… cost on Amazon?

Now, according to a Gizmodo article (slashdotted here), if you’re in Japan, you can easily know the price of that item by photographing its barcode via your cellphone (equipped with freely downloadable software), and send its info to Amazon.co.jp to know its price, and buy it if you want.

I’m about to cry.

I guess the moral of such stories for someone living in Egypt, is that these technologies are an overkill. Who would want such technology anyway, or even want to know the prices of such commodities as Books, CDs, etc… Those things do not even exist.

Nice image from Amazon.co.jp to show you what they mean

Barcode Scanning via your CamPhone