Hiku Labs Hiku (2015) Review – Delivers Promise, But Not Too Much of It

The Hiku Labs Hiku (2015) is the 2nd generation of the company’s shopping assistant. It aims to deliver the average homeowner into a world wherein you don’t have to go grocery shopping. Basically, it will magnet onto your fridge door. Then, before you finish that carton of milk of jug of juice, just scan the barcode right before you toss it away. Then, the item will be added to your shopping list. The previous Hiku’s performance ended there, but now, thanks to a couple of partnerships, this device can be uploaded to an online system to the likes of Walmart Online Grocery so that they can even deliver your groceries for you.

Hiku Labs Hiku (2015) Review - Delivers Promise, But Not Too Much of It

With Hiku Labs Hiku (2015), You No Longer Have to Leave Your House to Get Groceries

So what’s new for the Hiku Labs Hiku (2015)? Aside from the fact that you can get let online grocery services deliver your groceries straight to your home, another new but unwelcome addition is its price tag. This 2nd-generation Hiku has a lot more heft in its price than its predecessor.

But apart from its new, larger price, its design has also been made to be cleverer than its predecessor. When you look at it at first glance, it looks like a chunk of white plastic that is highly similar to an ordinary magnet that you place on your refrigerator door. But now, the body has been sealed tighter to make the device more liquid resistant, the button is now more responsive, and there is also a protective rubber which acts to protect the edges of its scanning window. Even with its plasticky looks, it still does look pretty stylish, and durable to boot.

Setting it up is pretty easy as there are no instruction manuals on paper needed nor such a thing is found in the package. There is just a simple sticker that says “To get started, get the app.” It really is that simple. Once you get the app, it will walk you through the syncing process then you’re good to go.

Upon using the device, the scanning feature on the Hiku (2015) could use some more work. Products that are fairly large and have big bar codes have no problem getting scanned by the device. However, smaller items, and items that are found in other small groceries are somewhat of a hit-or-miss. This is due to the device being largely dependent on crowdsourced data.

The Hiku Labs Hiku (2015) is able to appeal to many homeowners as they no longer have to leave the house to do grocery shopping while being able to instantly know what’s missing in their fridge. However, even though the performance is made to be more reliable than its predecessor, it is still pretty much a hit-or-miss.


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