Visit the New Technabob Shop!Get Technabob in Your Mailbox! Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:

App Buys Random Items from Amazon: or Just Get Wasted, then Place an Order

by Lambert Varias

A programmer named Darius Kazemi made Random Shopper, a software ‘bot that buys random items from Amazon. Why? Kazemi wanted to replicate the feeling of receiving an item that you already forgot you bought. It’s like a surprise gift from yourself to you! Welcome to Forever Alone: Holiday Edition.

random-shopper-by-Darius-Kazemi 2

Random Shopper starts by getting a random word from the Wordnik API then searching for that word on Amazon. It will then buy the first item it finds under its budget, which for now is $50 (USD). Then it will look for another item that’s within what’s left of its money and so on. But Kazemi cheated a bit because the Random Shopper isn’t that random: it will only buy the item if it’s a CD, DVD or a paperback book. I guess that’s a reasonable rule. That way the money isn’t completely wasted on some random crap that Kazemi won’t use.

random shopper by Darius Kazemi

The packages shown in the top picture are the first batch of Random Shopper’s “gifts” to Kazemi. You can check out what’s inside them on his Random Shopper blog. What I want now is a robot that secretly takes money from my wallet then randomly places it into my other stuff, so I can replicate the feeling of finding money I didn’t know I had.

[Random Shopper via Engadget]

 




Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

Our Latest & Greatest Posts...

DIY Candle Holders Inspired by the Stones from The Fifth Element

DIY Candle Holders Inspired by the Stones from The Fifth Element

Compact Disc-Powered Paper Airplane Launcher

Compact Disc-Powered Paper Airplane Launcher

Baymax Futon Lets Even Big Heroes Sleep

Baymax Futon Lets Even Big Heroes Sleep

Pokémon N Nendoroid: Team Plastic

Pokémon N Nendoroid: Team Plastic

R2-D2 and C-3PO Spice Shakers: These are the Spices You\

R2-D2 and C-3PO Spice Shakers: These are the Spices You're Looking For

Win Prizes in the Technabob Shop

More from Awesomer Media...

The Awesomer Logo MightyMega Logo 95octane Logo
discussion by