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RFID Tags Made to Monitor Vital Signs

Posted December 4, 2017

Sensor2IMG_9317The possibility of being able to continuously monitor a person’s vital signs to detect early warnings on potential abnormalities is coming. All thanks to researchers at Cornell University that have been working on a new project. For this to really get off the ground it’ll have to be as noninvasive as possible with no interference of wires and electrodes. With RFID technology that’ll be possible. Researchers have created a new touch free monitoring system that’ll be able to monitor an individual’s breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure all with a RFID Tag small enough to fit in someone’s shirt pocket.

A professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University, Edwin Kan and graduate student Xiaonan Hui developed the technology. Their method relies on near-field coupling. Near-field is the region of the electromagnetic field right around an RFID Antenna with a distance of up to 35 centimeters, or one wavelength, away. Kan and Hui’s demonstrations were able to pick up an individuals’ blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing measures with a high level of accuracy. All of it was possible using a small RFID antenna and RFID tag placed within 10 centimeters of an individuals’ body, and a RFID Reader located up to two meters away. According to Hui this method increases the sensitivity and the signal quality.

In the long term there could be life changing uses that come from Kan and Hui’s research. “There are several potential real-world applications for this, such as the next generation wearable devices, smart garments, healthcare monitoring, and clinical studies,” Hui continued. “The convenience and the high performance could be particularly helpful for smart garments. Imagine if your daily garments were able to gather your vital signs directly, and then report them straight to your cell phone.”

In the short term Kan and Hui are interested in using this RFID technology in hospitals. It could be used to monitor a large number of patients without hooking them up to separate machines and devices to check their vitals. The study also showed that their system could detect up to 200 RFID tags at once, all over the same wireless communication channel.

To read more about Edwin Kan’s And Xiaonan Hui’s research, click here.

For any questions or a quote on any of your RFID needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Star’s SK1-21 Kiosk Printer: Improve Your Cinema Experience

Posted November 3, 2017

Besides the movie that you are going to watch, the ticketing system are integral to the cinema experience as well. Kiosks can be used to purchase tickets, retrieve tickets bought online, and to place concession orders. This is especially important for movie goers who arrive with just a few minutes to spare. They can bypass the line to purchase tickets or snacks and still make it in time before the movie starts.

Kiosk Printer

To make sure your cinema kiosk is reaching its full potential by considering these 4 things:
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1. Your Kiosk should support a thermal printer– A cinema kiosk should support a heavy duty thermal printer with a jam free system to produce tickets in the fastest way. Star’s SK1-21 Kiosk Printer two inch series provides dependable, maintenance- free printers that have a fast print speed of 200mm/ sec with 203 dpi resolution. All SK-21 models will intergrate with many commonly used kiosk solutions. It provides high speed, reliability, and will integrate in your kiosk seamlessly.

2. Barcode Scanner- Movie theaters often offer their own loyalty program to keep the customers returning back.  Your customers love freebies and accruing points towards free movie tickets, so don’t keep them waiting on the full service line to rack up the points.

3. Integrated Speakers- Talk to the customer through the ticket buying process. This is important for those who aren’t familiar with the self-service kiosks check out.

4. Card Payment Acceptance- Not everyone carries cash, so make sure that your kiosk is equipped with a card reader and payment processing platform.

Check out the video below on a successful self service kiosk integration at Nitehawk Cinema.

For any questions or a quote on any of your printing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.

 


Top Ten Cashless Countries Around the World

Posted October 16, 2017

Sooner rather than later carrying cash around with you is going to be a way of the past. According to Mark Bolsom a business development director at Moneymailme “Consumers want to pay in the most convenient way for them, so with debit and credit cards so easy to carry around, and with the growing popularity of e-wallets, holding cash is simply not at the forefront of consumers’ minds any longer.”

Canada came in at the top of the list of the top cashless countries as the average Canadian carries two credit cards each, instead of having high levels of contactless cards. In Second came Sweden “Sweden is proof that a move to a cashless economy is not just a concept but very nearly reality. With electronic payments making up 95 percent of all retail transactions, it’s clear that in no time at all Sweden will have phased out cash altogether.” Bolsom Said.

To learn more visit realbusiness.co.uk for the full article. And read Mark Bolsom’s article on why it’s time to adapt to the cashless economy.

You can take a look below to see how the rest of the top 10 came out.

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Barcodes, Inc. 1st Annual Book Drive for Open Books

Posted July 14, 2017

Barcodes, Inc. held a friendly competition all for a great cause. The point of the competition pitted department against department, all in an effort to see who could collect the most books during the company’s 1st annual book drive. At the end of the competition, Barcodes, Inc. collected a total of 260 books to donate to Open Books.

Open Books is a nonprofit organization that looks to provide literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year. Through their instructional programs they cultivate the literacy skills of thousands of children and youth each year, from those who need intervention to those who desire enrichment. Through their book programs they provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Open Books delivers thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across the Chicagoland area each week.


Panasonic Toughbook Helping Fight Crime

Posted July 10, 2017

toughbook-31The Panasonic Toughbook 31 is more than just a reliable laptop equipped with Intel Core i5 and i3 processors. The leader in fully rugged design is also being used by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in their roll out of new police squad cars. The new squad cars will be used to help reduce the gun violence in the city of Chicago and the Toughbook 31 will be lending a helping hand.

The rugged laptop computer will come equipped with ShotSpotter app, an app that will instantly alert law enforcement personnel of gunfire. Each alert will provide crucial information for each incident including: incident time, number of rounds, and the location of the incident with a highlighted evidence search area. Along with the ShotSpotter app the Toughbook 31 will also have real-time crime mapping, police databases, and electronic crash reporting.

The first roll out of the new CPD squad cars will feature 40 vehicles and should reach a total of 550 vehicles patrolling the street come early next year. All to help keep the streets of Chicago safe.


RFID for your Cat

Posted August 7, 2015

When you think about RFID one of your first thoughts probably isn’t how it can benefit your pet cat. Many pets today have an RFID chip in them for identification purposes but beyond that, the technology doesn’t really come into play in their day to day lives.

Ben Milliam realized that he could enhance his cat’s general curiosity and ‘mobile’ hunting drive with the aid of some RFID tagged wiffle balls and a modified electronic feeder he embedded an RFID reader in. Now his cat, Monkey, gets a taste of being an outdoor ‘hunting’ cat in the comforts of home.

You can find a detailed breakdown of Ben’s process and how be built everything on his site.

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Store Clerk Defends Himself Against Robber With Barcode Scanner

Posted February 6, 2015

FamilyMart-Convenience-storeThe uses for a barcode scanner may be quite varied but being used as a weapon to defend your business against a robber has got to be the most daring of all.

This story starts at a Family Mart convenience store in Osaka, Japan at 4am when a young male in his 20’s comes in and asks the 41-year-old clerk for a pack of cigarettes. According to the clerk’s statement, while he was behind the register scanning the barcode on the cigarette pack, the customer pulled out a knife and a bag. The customer-turn-robber threatened the clerk with the knife and demanded the money from the register be emptied into the bag.

While Japan is a very safe country with almost no gun usage, larger cities do have instances of robbery and theft most commonly with the use of a knife.

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Jingle Bells with Barcode Scanners

Posted December 22, 2014

Edeka, a grocery retailer from Germany, found a a very creative way to get into the holiday spirit with the use of their in-counter scanners at their checkout lanes. Scanners all have the means to produce audio feedback for positive scans which, in many models, can be customized to specific pitches or sounds. Edeka put these programmable tones to use to make all their checkout lanes into a ‘playable’ instrument. Each lane plays a specific pitch so with a little practice their reps could perform Jingle Bells by simply scanning products in the right sequence.


Happy Thanksgiving from BarcodesInc!

Posted November 26, 2014

2014-11-26_0935Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all that we have with friends and family. All of us at BarcodesInc would like to wish everyone a happy and joy filled Thanksgiving.

Our offices will be closed on Thursday the 27th and we will be shipping orders again starting on Monday December 1st.


Musical Barcode Tattoos

Posted October 17, 2014

We’ve seen a lot of interesting applications for barcodes but this might be one of the most interesting uses. In the video below you can see how artist Dmitry Morozov took his  8″ x 3″ barcode tattoo and turned it into music.  He modded a scanner with two black-line sensors, a stepper motor, and a Nintendo Wii remote to ‘read’ his tattoo and convert it into sound. The length of each bar dictates the duration of the sound and if he moves his arm, the Wii’s accelerometer detects the shift and distorts the tone. Definitely one of the most experimental uses of barcodes in art we’ve come across.


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