At Scandit, we are always on the lookout for the latest creative uses for the barcode. We’re big fans of barcode art, poetry and now, music. This week, we came across a particularly exciting barcode that caught our eyes—and ears—as Moscow-based artist and engineer, Dimitry Morozov, released a barcode tattoo scanner that plays sounds upon decoding his 8-by-3-inch barcode tattoo. “I wanted to combine two passions—electronic music and robotics—and I already...

If you’ve followed our blog in the past, you know that barcode haikus —or the Haikode— are a favorite of ours at Scandit. With the fall season just beginning, it’s time for another series of barcode haikus to celebrate our true love for the art of the barcode. My Sweet Barcode Love My sweet barcode love I’m sorry you were damaged We will scan again Truth Between Lines Taking my sweet time Reading between those dark lines I...

Traditionally, barcodes have always been the small white and black boxes we've all grown to accept, but recently the discussion about 'vanity barcodes' has emerged as a marketing and design concept on many products. While barcodes do have somewhat strict guidelines, there is certainly room to deviate from the norm, and that's exactly what some brands and designers are doing. Take a look at some of the more modern barcode...

When most people think of barcodes, they think of boxed shapes with lots of little black lines and spaces in between. It's true that many barcodes look this way, but not all are created equal. Today we're excited to share with you our top 5 stylish barcode designs that are found on everyday products. Check it out: #5 - Grazing Cow #4 - The Stash #3 - Hillshire Farm Barn #2 - Kuala Bear #1...

In the past we’ve explored many odd uses of QR codes, ranging from cupcake decoration to gravestone commemoration.  Today we’d like to share another unconventional use of QR codes, this time as a staple of interior design. Introducing the QR code hotel room: This outlandish hotel room was imagined by Dutch designer Antoine Peters. The room is located at the Modez Hotel in Arnhem, Netherlands. In an attempt to break the perception...

Barcodes have a very rich and interesting history. They were originally used to identify railroad cars, and shortly thereafter became an international means for product identification. Since then, barcodes have been used in many diverse situations ranging from helping robots track their location to facilitating the creation of contemporary art. One of the most unique usages of barcodes recently surfaced in Moscow, where contemporary artist Dmitry Morozov has developed a scanning...

We wanted to wish you all a very happy New Year's holiday! Today we celebrate the successes 2013 has brought, and look towards an exciting and fruitful 2014. To commemorate  the occasion we've created a special New Year's haiku:   *Moving Forward* The clock is turning, Devices of the Future, Extending the Self   Have a very fun and safe holiday! -Your friends at Scandit...

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the store, not a barcode was stirring, across the whole retail floor. The pricetags were hung by the shelves with care, in hopes that the consumer soon would be there. The management was nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of profit margins danced in their heads. And cashiers in their ‘kerchiefs, and customers in their caps, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out...