What an amazing summer! As the warm weather and summer celebrations draw to a close we look forward towards the fall, and we’re very excited to announce that we’ll be speaking and presenting our technology at a variety of mobile, enterprise and developer events happening all across the globe. Check out the schedule: [table caption="Scandit Fall Event Schedule" nl="^" width="570"] Date, Event, Location, 9/11-9/12/13, ECR Tag 2013, Stuttgart (Germany), 9/18/13, GS1 Forum Intralogistics, Bern (Switzerland), 9/24-9/26/13,  NFC...

Recently we’ve been discussing how the utilization of rugged mobile devices (or rugged device cases) adds value in enterprise settings. Today we’ll continue this discussion by looking at the effect of ruggedness on mobile device total cost of ownership (TCO). Definitions of Ruggedness To evaluate how different levels of ruggedness affect TCO we’ll use the following definitions as defined by the VDC mobile hardware TCO study from 2007 (see figure 1): [table caption="Figure 1 –...

Gartner recently released a magic quadrant report for mobile application development platforms (MADP). For those not familiar, Gartner’s magic quadrants analyze players within an industry, and rank them in terms of their “ability to execute” and their “completeness of vision”, which categorizes each player as either a challenger, niche player, visionary or leader.  Figure 1 shows the mobile quadrant for MADP: Google and Apple: Niche Players? Both Apple (iOS) and Google (Android)...

Recently we’ve been discussing the effect of ruggedness on mobile devices used within the enterprise. To briefly catch you up, we’ve argued that innovations in mobile technology have made it possible for most peripheral hardware devices to be replaced by smartphone/tablet-based apps, and the trends are clearly moving in that direction. Today we’ll continue the conversation by investigating which levels of ruggedness levels are recommended for a variety of usage...

Today we wanted to share some creative barcode designs from Irish artist Steve Simpson. Simpsons work mostly focuses on customizing the traditional barcodes on products, specifically the UPC/EAN code type. While many of are familiar with customized QR codes, finding creative and inventive UPC/EAN code designs is a rarity. Here are some tips from Steve for creating custom UPC/EAN codes: -        Colors can be changed but requires good contrast for scanning readability. -       ...

Howdy! Today we wanted to share a fascinating story that illustrates one of the more unique usage scenarios for barcode scanning. Recently hacker Nathan Broadbent decided to program his microwave (which is running on a Raspberry Pi), so that it can receive voice commands, scan barcodes and even tweet when your food is ready. To cook something in this ingenious microwave, you simply scan a product barcode and if the cooking instructions are...

Today we’re excited to kick off our newest blog series, which explores the emerging market of rugged smartphone devices. This post will explain what we mean by “rugged”, including an explanation of the effect of ingress protection and military drop protection ratings. Next week we’ll build on this foundational post by looking at how individual usage scenarios across industries require different levels of device ruggedness. Rugged What? So what do we mean...

Recently Appcelerator and IDC surveyed a group of 6,046 Appcelerator Titanium developers to gather insights about current trends in the mobile world. The survey represents the largest survey of mobile developers in the world, drawing from the Appcelerator community, which includes developers who work across major mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows. Their findings paint an interesting picture for the future of mobile. Here’s a basic summary of...