Originally Posted by Bloitz
So I go into a shop, scan the goods I want and then leave the shop to buy it in several other shops where they have it at a lower price, polluting our planet in the process (if you are driving). I'm sorry but I'm not that kind of douchebag which must be one of the reasons I don't own anything Apple.
You've got it completely wrong.
1. That feature is also available on Android. In fact it was available back when I initially got my G1 upon release. So there goes your theory of Apple douchebags since there was obviously a demand for it on Android.
2. This is not what they're patenting. They're patenting a piece of software that categorises the contents you scan into a shopping list, which can then be split up into 'retailer' lists dependant upon whether it is cheaper or exclusive to that retailer. It can then give you a route to the retailers. This would be extremely useful for such items that intrigue you at someone else's home and you're wondering where you could procure such an item.
You should probably attempt to read the article, and then try to understand the article. This is about what the software does with the information after scanning it.