By now, you’ve probably used a tablet-based point of sale, or mPOS, to check out while shopping. If you haven’t, you likely will soon as the mPOS revolution is happening before our eyes. There are currently over 1.7 million smart device-powered mPOS systems being used in the US alone, with an expected increase to 7.7 million by 2020. The rise in use of mPOS systems, over a short amount of...

Today we’re excited to announce a brand new case study which takes a look at the integration of our Scandit barcode scanner SDK into the Ex Libris mobile application. Exlibris.ch is the largest online store for books, music, games and electronic devices in Switzerland. As the leader in Swiss media sales, Ex Libris has focused on developing a multi-channel distribution strategy through its physical, online, mobile, and phone sales. To respond...

  Today we’re going to continue our latest blog series on why NFC tags will never replace the barcode by taking a look at the number of NFC-capable devices currently availabe on the market. We argue that there are far too few NFC-capable devices to make a case for replacing the barcode. Just a few days ago Comscore reported the U.S. mobile subscriber market share for April 2012, which had Android climbing...

Apple dropped a (time-)bomb this week at its recent Worldwide Developers Conference with the announcement of their new Passbook app. Set to be released this fall, the new app will soon be as Apple describes “the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.” Users can store their boarding passes, store cards and movie tickets all together, making them more accessible. During the WWDC keynote (see video below) Apple...

Howdy! We headed out to the Clairmont hotel in San Francisco last night to check out the Life 3.0: Augmented Reality show, organized by the Funders and Founders meetup. The event attracted an incredibly creative and forward-thinking crowd, with over 20 startups exhibiting futuristic technologies. We wanted to share our favorite demos from the show:   Outerbody Labs More art than business, the most fun and engaging demo of the night was the OuterBody...

Today we’re excited to release a brand new case study that details the integration of our Scandit SDK with the awesome mobile shopping and checkout platform QThru. Through its scalable cloud-based shopping platform, QThru enables the creation of retailer-branded mobile shopping applications that feature self-checkout, couponing, product information and store location. QThru realized that through combining their mobile shopping platform with a barcode-based mobile self-checkout system they could provide consumers a...

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...

Today we’re going to kick off our examination of the merger of physical and digital commerce by taking a look at the evolution of point-of-sale technology, beginning with the creation of the barcode and the cash register, progressing through to the adoption of modern e-commerce solutions. The first research into automatically interacting with products was undertaken  by Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland beginning in the late 1940’s. Over the next decade...