Barcodes are everywhere: on our favorite products, in the advertisements we see, on our mail and now even on the foods we eat. But that hasn’t always been the case. What began as an attempt to automate the grocery store checkout experience has evolved into an entire industry of automation and data capture that has taken the world by storm— revolutionizing many standard business processes that we still use today. While...

Today, we’ve released the latest version of our Barcode Scanner SDK for iOS and Android, which includes substantial improvements to our mobile scanning performance in difficult lighting scenarios such as low light, glare and reflections. Be sure to download the latest SDK and update your mobile application to harness the unrivaled barcode scanning performance Scandit has to offer. If you haven't experienced the performance of Scandit, consider signing up for a...

There are many types of barcodes—and each brings unique opportunities and challenges to the table. With such a range of options to choose from, it can be tough to determine which barcodes will best suit your products, inventory or assets. Should you invest in 1D or 2D barcodes? Which barcode variants work best for your specific industry? And, most importantly, which barcodes will provide the highest efficiency and business value...

It's an important day in barcode history.  Today, the UPC barcode celebrates its 40th birthday. UPC, or the Universal Product Code, was one of the earliest types of barcodes ever created, and it changed the future of barcodes forever. The UPC barcode got its early beginnings in 1974, where it was printed on a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum and scanned for the first time, at a supermarket in...

We’re thrilled to announce that Scandit technology will now be available to developers using the popular Xamarin mobile application development environment. With the release of our iOS and Android Xamarin components, Xamarin developers can easily add an enterprise-grade barcode scanner to their iOS and Android apps. The Xamarin platform allows developers to create mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile using a single C# code base. The consolidation of source...

Today we wanted to share some creative barcode designs from Irish artist Steve Simpson. Simpsons work mostly focuses on customizing the traditional barcodes on products, specifically the UPC/EAN code type. While many of are familiar with customized QR codes, finding creative and inventive UPC/EAN code designs is a rarity. Here are some tips from Steve for creating custom UPC/EAN codes: -        Colors can be changed but requires good contrast for scanning readability. -       ...

Howdy! Today we wanted to share a fascinating story that illustrates one of the more unique usage scenarios for barcode scanning. Recently hacker Nathan Broadbent decided to program his microwave (which is running on a Raspberry Pi), so that it can receive voice commands, scan barcodes and even tweet when your food is ready. To cook something in this ingenious microwave, you simply scan a product barcode and if the cooking instructions are...

Today we’re excited to continue a series of posts that will take a look at how the healthcare industry can utilizing smartphone-based barcode scanning to improve patient care, empower healthcare professionals and reduce cost. In this post we’ll cover the patient bedside care usage scenario.  Stay tuned for more usage scenarios from the healthcare industry in the coming weeks. Barcodes at Bedside: How are they used? Healthcare professionals have traditionally used peripheral...