Ever wonder how QR codes work? How they're created? Our CTO Christian Floerkemeier was featured in a enlightening piece on Swiss National Television that took an in-depth look at the technical side of the QR code. The show, Einstein, reports weekly on science and engineering issues. The topic was 1D and 2D code scanning with mobile phones--including how QR codes are generated, how they are decoded with a cell phone...

Last week we examined how technologies such as the barcode and the Internet acted as milestones in the evolution of commerce, and this week we’ll continue the discussion by taking a look at the present state of the marketplace. We’ve analyzed the landscape and found three major ways that people shop these days: Brick-and-mortar Shopping Believe or not people still shop in brick-and-mortar stores, though retailers have to work harder to market...

Coop@home, the highly popular app of the Swiss national retail chain Coop, is disrupting the world of grocery shopping by combining mobile shopping with home delivery. In extending the traditional supermarket experience with virtual shelves, the experience of grocery shopping is completely transformed and waiting in line is no longer necessary. The grocery store is now everywhere there is a product or everywhere product information can be displayed. Imagine turning...

Ever since GPS-enabled smartphones hit the scene, developers have created a variety of location-based service apps that interact with the things around them. Despite similar intentions and technology, location-based service apps have taken many different routes, ironically leaving them in all different positions across the app landscape. Given the recent success of Instagram and some other developments in the market, we’d like to share the tales of some of these...

Researchers at Princeton and the University of Illinois have recently released a fascinating research paper that details a scanning system for recognizing animals through their unique markings. The GNU licensed Stripespotter system is an open source project designed to automate animal recognition for professionals studying them in the wild by recognizing patterns of pixels in digital photographs. Traditionally scientists have had to use tracking mechanisms or excrement to identify the...

We stumbled upon a fascinating new use case for barcodes in the news recently—robots that use QR codes to track their location! Kiva Systems is a manufacturer of robots that specialize in managing inventories at shipping centers and warehouses. The robots travel around the shipping center picking up, organizing and delivering products to workers. In the image below note the little white squares that appear on the ground. Yes, you...

Today we’re excited to release another case study which illustrates the integration of our Scandit SDK with the comparis.ch Smartshopper app. Through the integration of our best-in-class barcode scanner Comparis has enabled its users to create intelligent shopping lists quickly and accurately. Comparis is a comparison service that started out by allowing users to compare the pros and cons of specific healthcare providers. Over the years, Comparis has broadened its scope to...

  Continuing in the spirit of fun and interesting barcode facts, we wanted to share some of the most incredible barcodes we’ve ever set our eyes upon—barcode buildings! We’ve found two dazzling structures inspired by barcode design, the Barcode Hall in China and the Shtrikh-kod shopping mall  in Russia. The Barcode Halls [caption id="attachment_2246" align="alignleft" width="570" caption="Image 1 - The Barcode Halls (source: gmp-architekten.de)"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2245" align="alignleft" width="570" caption="Image 2 - The Barcode Halls...