While 2D barcodes are still taking time to show up in the American marketplace, Scanbuy Inc., a global leader in mobile barcode solutions, has recently released new integration tools for brands and media publishers in order to better facilitate their use of the ScanLife 2D Barcode System.
Their new web services now allow users to generate 2D barcodes from third party portals, connecting any URL to the ScanLife network via a camera phone. In addition, outside websites will be able to generate codes automatically from the ScanLife Code Management Platform. This feature would allow any marketing professional, technology provider, or media publisher to connect their digital content to commonly used 2D barcode formats such as Datamatrix and EZcode. The codes can then be read by the ScanLife mobile application. From there, a camera phone can scan the codes to quickly launch a specific website, save contact information, send texts and more. This could come in handy for example, with retailers, allowing them to generate a unique 2D barcode for each of their products listed in their database.
Also included in the tools is a Web Development Kit, allowing any website to embed the ScanLife code management platform into an existing environment. Since both business and personal accounts will be available, 2D barcodes can be generated commercially, or for individuals looking to link to their social networking sites, etc.
Companies throughout the US are slowly starting to realize the value that 2D barcodes can provide for their business, so there is definitely a growing demand for customers to easily integrate 2D barcode solutions with their existing content. Hopefully the new integration tools fro, Scanbuy will give the US the nudge it needs to fully adopt and integrate 2D barcodes into its culture.
Honeywell has introduced the newest addition to their 3800 series barcode scanner family, the 3820i industrial linear imager. Built on the reliable design of the 3800 family, the 3820i adds maximum durability and a rugged design that is ideal for harsh industrial environments. The 3820i is still ergonomic and comfortable to use, but boasts an IP54 sealing rating and can withstand 50 drops from 6.5 feet. Because the 3820i was designed for use in extreme environments such as manufacturing and distribution, it can endure a wide range of temperatures, from below freezing to extreme heat. For more information about this high-performance rugged barcode scanner, you can read the Product Data Sheet. If you have additional questions about purchasing this recent Honeywell addition you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I came across this interesting video the other day on YouTube. It features the Home of the 21st Century Research Lab located at the Virginia Campus of George Washington University. This video represents the third year of research, when the University moved from research to reality. As you’ll see, many of the additions to the “smart home” involve RFID technology. You can visit the Home of the 21st Century website for more information on this project.
I also came across some other interesting ways that data capture technology is helping to create smart homes. Salton, a home appliance distributor, offers a line of smart home appliances called Beyond. The Beyond Microwave (pictured at left) created by Westinghouse, allows users to scan the barcodes from packages of food they’ll be preparing and it promises to cook meals perfectly and evenly every time. Equipped with a barcode scanning wand and 4,000 pre-programmed barcodes, users simply scan the barcode and the microwave does the rest. Westinghouse also offers a similar Beyond Bread Maker that scans barcodes to perfectly bake bread.
UCLA engineers have developed a new imaging technique for barcode scanners that provides the fastest data capture scan rates in the world. This new imaging technique is based on recent breakthroughs in ultrafast analog-to-digital conversion and is known as amplified dispersive Fourier transform. According to UCLA, the new CWEETS Scanner (chirped wavelength electronic encoded time domain sampling) “first maps the one-dimensional bar code image onto the spectrum of an ultrashort laser pulse and then maps that into an amplitude-modulated waveform that is captured with a single optical-to-electrical converter.”
Unlike laser barcode scanners, the CWEETS Scanner has no moving parts to limit the speed of data capture. The CWEETS Scanner also only requires one pixel to capture an entire image unlike a CCD scanner that requires an array of pixels. Both of these current technologies can provide frame rates of about 1,000 frames per second, but the CWEETS Scanner can read barcodes at a frame rate of 25 MHz, about 1,000 times faster than the devices currently in use.
You can learn more about the technology used in the CWEETS Scanner by watching this Video or reading the Applied Physics Letters article about the UCLA project.
I just found this great video that shows how Pedro Morales created his large Lego QR code. Titled “La Herencia”, or “The Heritage”, the piece was constructed from 5,816 Lego pieces and can be scanned with a mobile phone.