Today we’re going to take a look at the PhoneGap Barcode Scanner plugin by Scandit, and explore how developers can benefit from working with this innovative platform. PhoneGap is a popular open source framework for quickly building cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5, Javascript and CSS. The framework is designed to make it easy for web developers to get started building apps on iOS and Android devices, alongside five other mobile...

Lately we’ve been talking a lot about QR codes, first we created a guide that demonstrates how to easily create personalized QR codes, and more recently our CTO Christian discussed QR codes on Swiss National Television. Today we want to continue the discussion by taking an in-depth look at the error correction capabilities of QR codes. It turns out that all QR codes have built-in error correction capabilities that allow for...

  By now we’ve all been exposed to QR codes, the lovely squares which are decorating everything from subway posters to graves these days. Today we’re going to share how you can make your own weird and wacky personalized QR codes by inserting a logo or an image into the center! Let’s take a look at both do-it-yourself methods and online tools that’ll help make this happen:   Do it Yourself While allowing for...

Back in November, we gave you an overview of the technology landscape that we use at Scandit to run our product analytics platform (Scanalytics). In response to that post, we received quite a few questions from people asking about our experience with the Apache Cassandra project, which we use for storing scan data and analytics reports. Because of this interest we thought it would be a great idea to share...

To highlight the journey of the barcode from idea to ubiquity we’ve taken a long look at barcode history, and assembled a list of our favorite fun and weird facts we found along the way. Check it out:   1.  The first use of the barcode was to label railroad cars Most of us see barcodes on products such as the food we buy, books, movies, and basically every modern consumer good. The...

A few weeks back we began blogging about the importance of supporting blurry barcode scanning for app developers.  In our last post, we took a look at a revealing original study demonstrating that over 140 million smartphones around the world lack autofocus cameras.  Today we’d like to continue the discussion by sharing some technical reasons to support blurry barcode scanning in your app. To do this we’d like to share...