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February 8th, 2012

Barcoding Blog’s 1,000th Post: A Recap of Our Favorites

The Barcoding Blog, purveyor of all things barcode, RFID and automated data collection, celebrates its 1,000th post!

Today, the Barcoding Blog celebrates its 1,000th post! Thanks to you, our loyal readers, we’ve been able to create such a plethora of content, building a library of resources and initiating the conversation among industry leaders and barcode enthusiasts alike. Today, we reminisce with some of our most read posts and pages through the years in order of their popularity.

1) Fun with Barcodes
Everyone likes to have fun, so it comes as no surprise that the “Fun with Barcodes” category page is our most viewed page (aside from the homepage). The most fun of all posts in this category was the highly popular post on QR code wrapping paper. If your presents weren’t covered in black and white squares this past holiday season, then you need to catch up with the times!

2) The iPad, Bluetooth Barcode Scanners and RFID: How They Will Change Your Life
While this post was written a year and a half ago, it’s interesting to see that this topic has exploded. Because of an increased desire for mobility, the iPad is now being used in retail environments and is being connected to much more sophisticated barcode scanners, such as the Honeywell-LXE 8650 Bluetooth Ring Scanner.

3) QR Codes – Can They Be Reversed Out?
As QR codes have become increasingly popular in advertisements, marketers have been asking questions—and we’ve been answering! Our number three most read post explores the technicalities of reversing QR codes to white on black. Since the creation of this post, a lot has happened in the world of mobile barcodes. QR codes can successfully be read in all sorts of custom colors, shapes and sizes. Also, check out our posts on vector QR codes.

4) UPC vs. SKU
Our number four post addresses an all too common issue—confusing a UPC barcode with a SKU number. Basically, the UPC barcode is numeric and a SKU number is alpha-numeric. But you’ll have to read the post for all the juicy details!

5) RFID Readers
Rounding out our top five, RFID readers were still quite an emerging technology back in 2008. However, the content of this post is still relevant today—all of the basics are covered. But, now that its 2012, if you still haven’t considered implementing RFID technology, you should.

So, there you have it. Our top five posts in a nut shell. Share your favorite post, or ideas for future posts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.

October 5th, 2010

POS Solutions with an iPad?

I recently came across an interesting solution that allows an iPad to be integrated to a store’s POS by simply using an RFID tag, software from Global Bay, a credit card, RFID receiver and RFID antenna, and of course, an iPad. The particular video(below) that I saw used the Zebra RW 220 in order to print customer receipts.

With this solution, retail stores could offer loyalty cards for, let’s say, the top 10% of their customers. The loyalty card would be embedded with an RFID chip, and upon the customers’ entrance to the store, the store clerk would be alerted on the iPad.

Instantly, information about the customer can be automatically retreived, including all of their past purchases. This creates countless opportunities for enhanced buyer experience. With the wardrobing tool that comes with the software, store clerks would be able to assemble outfits with previously purchased items in conjunction with in-store items in order to create a shopping cart, or even a wish-list that integrates with an e-commerce site for later purchases. Should a product be out of stock, there’s even a product locater feature.

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July 19th, 2010

The iPad, Bluetooth Barcode Scanners and RFID: How They Will Change Your Life

Earlier, we discussed barcode scanning on the iPad via the CueCat. Now, it seems as though more and more people are becoming interested in barcode scanning capabilities on the iPad and solutions are continuously being developed. One solution used the LXE 8650 Ring Scanner in combination with the List-In-Hand app , and another involves the Socket Mobile Bluetooth Cordless Scanner 7X, but almost any bluetooth barcode scanner can be used.

The iPad is a revolutionary device that consumers can easily carry around both in and outdoors, so when a bluetooth barcode scanner or RFID is added to the mix, the possibilities are endless. In fact, I came across one article that dubbs the iPad as the, “missing link between Internet-connected items in your home, for example the Internet fridge, and the Web.” The article goes on to say, “In the not too distant future, household appliances and other real-world objects such as cars will be connected to the Internet. The iPad may well become the connector to all of those things.”

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June 17th, 2010

Barcode Scanning on the iPad

If you thought the CueCat was a thing of the past, then think again. The Mac Museum recently put together a barcode scanner for the iPad by using a CueCat and a camera connection kit. The plug-n-play solution reads barcodes with the CueCat and then creates keyboard shortcuts in order to type out the codes as they are read. Watch the video below to see the iPad and CueCat in action:

April 28th, 2010

Apple iPad & Socket Mobile: Together at Last

Socket Mobile recently announced Apple iPad compatibility for their Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner 7X, in addition to their antimicrobial version, the 7XRx. The Apple iPad, in combination with the Socket 7XRx offers great potential for healthcare and medical markets requiring tablet displays and 2D barcode data collection, more specifically, for medication administration, patient ID verification, material management and pharmacy logistics.

While the iPad is a revolutionary device on its own, being paired with the Socket 7XRx could really change the way things are done in the healthcare industry. Even by using the standard 7X, applications can be developed for marketing and other consumer-related uses.

While developers are still working with the units, it’s anticipated that the process of piloting, beta testing and then deployment will begin shortly.

Learn more about Socket mobile and their product offerings here.