Innovations in barcoding – how barcodes are changing and simplifying our lives, entertainment, and business – Part Two
August 22, 2013
Part two of our blog post on some of the most innovative and useful barcode technology. You can read Part One here. By Cat Robinson
Of course, one of the most popular uses of QR Codes is in advertising, and since they have self-correcting features, they can be customised a great deal and still scan. Here are some of the most inventive.Victoria’s Secret ad campaign:
This QR Code is very...
Innovations in barcoding – how barcodes are changing and simplifying our lives, entertainment, and business: Part One
August 1, 2013
From a novel microwave that can scan the barcode of a food item and automatically set the correct cooking time and temperature, to barcode scanner apps on your smartphone that can recommend a more affordable or healthier product choice; barcodes have a much greater range of functions than just simple retail use. By Cat Robinson
Some useful (and often free) barcode scanner applications for smartphones and tablets: There are a huge array of these applications available that can save you time, money, and offer you ingredients information, amongst many other uses. Very excitingly for South Africa, a completely locally designed barcode scanner app, from price comparison site PriceCheck, recently beat out more than 100 000 entrants to win the...
The proposed adoption of a newer, more compact form of barcode known as GS1 databar has caused some of our clients concern about the changeover, and whether they will need to look at changing their barcodes. Fear not – you will still be able to use your EAN or UPC barcodes for a long while yet! We look at the technology and reasoning behind the new system here.
Databar codes have a number of potential benefits for retailers, customers and suppliers. The databar can hold much more information pertaining to expiry and sell-by dates, as well as batch numbers should a particular set of products need to be taken...
Barcode scanners and reading devices use a light source and what is known as a photo conductor or light sensor to decode printed barcodes. They also contain decoder circuitry which allows the data to be sent to an output port – such as a pc or point of sale system, where the code can be used to retrieve information on the item which has been scanned.
Barcode scanners and readers are utilised to read linear – or one-dimensional – barcodes. Due to the increasing popularity of 2D barcodes such as QR, Aztec and DataMatrix codes, specialised barcode imagers are also available. These can also be scanned with a cellphone camera (if the...
Our blog researchers include local barcode experts from the SA Barcodes team: Cat Robinson and Andreas van Wyk
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