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...

Many of us take for granted information we access through our natural senses—the information we see, touch, taste, hear, and smell on a daily basis. For the blind population, gathering information from their environment is a daily struggle. Thankfully, mobile solutions are arising that help the visually impaired better interact with their environment. Today we’d like to share with you a great partner app called Codecheck that includes an innovative...

Last week was an epic week for the mobile space, with players from the industry gathering in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress to share information, discuss trends, and of course—release sweet new mobile devices. We were dazzled by what we interacted with (check out our pics!), and wanted to continue our coverage of the event by highlighting some devices and opening up the discussion surrounding their impact on trends...

This past week has been home to GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, bringing together leaders and developers in the mobile space to connect and share visions for the future. Beginning Monday, the conference has boasted notable keynotes from industry leaders such as Facebook’s CTO Bret Taylor, Ford’s Executive Chairman William Clay Ford Jr., Google’s Executive chairman Eric Schmidt, and more to come. Each presenter has brought visionary insight to...

This year’s Mobile World Congress is just getting started in Barcelona and Mobile Money is taking the stage in a big way.  GSMA has highlighted the theme by dedicating a website and a web channel to the topic, and the news has just begun to flow in.  Just yesterday Visa and Vodafone announced the world’s largest mobile payments partnership, and during the first keynote of the Congress Facebook’s CTO Brett...

Traditionally, EAN/UPC barcodes were used for product identification at checkout and they were almost exclusively printed directly onto the product packaging. With software such as the Scandit SDK, which turns every smartphone into a high performance barcode scanner, we are starting to see some innovative consumer applications. Check out this exciting approach by the Swiss retailer ExLibris. The marketing team of ExLibris closed the gap between print ads and mobile commerce...

A recent study of 534 students conducted across 24 college campuses revealed terribly low engagement with QR codes. Some of the highlights (or lowlights) of this study are as follows: While more than 4 out of 5 students owned a smartphone, only 1 out of 5 was able to scan a QR code when asked to. Furthermore, 75% of all students stated that they are not likely to scan a...

As a busy and successful year 2011 is slowly coming to end, we wanted to share with you a visual journey through one year of barcode scanning in the United States as seen through the lens of our popular Scandit Barcode Scanner and Comparison Shopper app. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy as you fly across the US in time lapse and watch barcode scanning spikes unfold across time and...