i-openers, Tivo, CueCats, Billy Bass, all kinds of gadgets being adapted for non-designed uses. Nothing readers of this board haven't seen before, except some incredible B.S. from the CueCat folks about "opening the doors to enthusiasts" ... what a crock! The i-opened-it tag rates a mention.
No Gadget Safe From Home-Style Hacks
By DAVID J. WALLACE
MICHAEL ROTHWELL could have bought a bar-code scanner for his computer and an inexpensive software package to catalog his CD-ROM or book collections. He had not considered compiling such a list until he got a CueCat, a free device designed to let users scan bar codes in newspaper and magazine advertisements and navigate quickly to related Web sites.
After a day and a half of experimenting ...
read the rest at http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/03/technology/03SOUP.html