Free app lets you take photo of product, get info

So you're in a video store wondering if you want to rent or buy a particular DVD. Simply take a photo of the cover, and SnapTell will quickly return info that includes rating, description, links to Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDb, eBay, Barnes & Noble, and more. You can quickly compare prices and find out what other people think about it. The comparison lets you compare local prices or online prices. In addition to DVDs, this free app can also give you info about CDs, video games, and books. It only works for U.S. products, but plans to expand soon to international items as well as additional product categories. I have to admit, this is a pretty clever tool.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.