Cloud Computing Technology Thought Experiments

The EverCoupon: The last coupon you’ll ever need

A phone app to let you scan coupons to the cloud, share w/ friends, auto-delete expired ones & provide a single barcode for the store clerk

Today on Facebook, I saw one of my friends mention…

“I want to be an extreme coupon-er…”

My first thought: I don’t want to be behind you in line. My second thought: How do I solve this problem?

The Proposed Solution

The solution I’ve come up with is a smartphone app that lets you photograph coupons. It scans the photos, and credits them to your online account as available discounts, and automatically removes them when they expire.  Of course, you’d also be able to share the coupons with your friends as well. You then take your phone with you to the store, and pull up the app. It displays a scanable barcode for the clerk. When scanned, the store’s system contacts the cloud-based coupon-holding server, deducts the coupon values from your total, and they are then removed from your account.

No more waiting behind that one person who brought 30 coupons to the store. No more keeping up with which coupons are still valid/newly expired. Just a smooth shopping experience for everyone in line.

By [[Neo]]

I am a web programmer, system integrator, and photographer. I have been writing code since high school, when I had only a TI-83 calculator. I enjoy getting different systems to talk to each other, coming up with ways to mimic human processes using technology, and explaining how complicated things work.

Of my many blogs, this one is purely about the technology projects, ideas, and solutions that I have come across in my internet travels. It's also the place for technical updates related to my other sites that are part of The-Spot.Network.

2 replies on “The EverCoupon: The last coupon you’ll ever need”

I’ve already signed up to become an Apple Developer. I now just need to get the SDK and stuff installed on my gf’s Mac, or get OSX installed on my cr-48.

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