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Disney Makes a Game out of Working in a Grocery Store: Barcode Scanning for Fun

Posted July 18, 2014

159f0d5c-5396-468f-80c4-4da6869b66c5Ever worked as a check-out clerk in a grocery store?

Disney’s Checkout Challenge for Windows mobile devices captures the experience in a very convincing way. In this fast paced game you collect groceries and scan them in as quickly and accurately as possible for the highest score. Start training to improve your barcode scanning skills to become Checkout Chairman!

The app is currently available through the Windows Phone Store.


40 Year Anniversary of the First Barcode Scan

Posted June 26, 2014

Juicy Fruit gumToday marks the 40 year anniversary of the first scan of a GS1 barcode in a retail environment – which all started with a pack of Wrigley Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio on June 26, 1974!

No one could have ever expected how a simple technology like the barcode would go on to shape and mold the retail landscape. The familiar beep of the scanner is now heard around the world up to six billion times a day!

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Making Music From Barcodes

Posted February 7, 2014

Motivated by the typical beeps and tones of a POS barcode  scanner, Košice-based artist Jakub Pišek decided to develop a way to make music with the same tools being employed in retail stores. With the help of some of his friends, Jakub started staging grocery store performance where they would scan anything in the store to create music. Each different barcode equates to a variety of sounds which can be composed in the moment by simply scanning. See the performances in action in the video below.


Happy New Year!!

Posted December 31, 2013

nyeIt’s hard to believe 2013 is already over! From all of us at BarcodesInc we wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to supporting all of your Barcode, RFID, Point of Sale, and Mobility needs in in 2014!

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Merry Xmas!

Posted December 23, 2013

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From everyone at the BarcodesInc family, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!


Barcodes Help Provide The Complete History of Aomori Apples

Posted December 20, 2013

AJ201312180038MThe Aomori prefectural government and local apple farmers plan to introduce a barcode system that will allow customers to check the history of each apple they buy. The move was prompted by growing calls for safer food, particularly in foreign countries.

Aomori Prefecture, a prime apple growing area in northern Japan, is seeking to expand the export of its apples to foreign markets. The new system will use the very common QR Code, a two-dimensional barcode. QR codes can be read by mobile phones, giving the customer information on where the apple came from and how it was cared for, such as how often pesticides were used, and even providing a photo and message from the farmer who grew the fruit. The data will be available in Japanese, Chinese and English.

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QR Coded Sweets

Posted November 15, 2013

tumblr_mutmzoC0ji1rp7p0go1_1280QR Codes can be found is some very unexpected places due to their versatility and small size. As you can see here, even delicious sweets find a great use for a QR Code. Being able to store a fair amount of data in a small space makes the QR Code and excellent option for small product labeling.

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QR Code Turntable

Posted November 8, 2013

The many uses of QR Codes never ceases to amaze and you’d never think it could be used to act like turntable!

Record label Kontor was aiming to promote one of their artists and wanted to avoid the usual CD/USB drive/MP3 route as these promos usually end up in he trash bin and never get listened to. Luckily, they turned to OgilvyAction who came up with the incredible idea of sending out vinyl discs with a QR Code so it could be played on a ‘turntable’ made from the envelope it came in. It is actually a pretty amazing idea as you can see from the video below.

The campaign was a success with 71% of the 900 turntable QR Codes activated and 42% following the link to the Kontor online store. OgilvyAction say this was 64% more than the average response and with the bonus that they received great feedback from some of the industry’s most influential people.


Happy Halloween!!

Posted October 31, 2013

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Barcode Art With Bic Pens

Posted October 4, 2013

TheIt’s always interesting to see how barcodes make their way into or influence various type of artworks but “Ultraviolet -The Blue Carpet” by French artist Jonathan Bréchignac might me one of the most impressive. He hand drew this  2.5 ft × 4 ft design on paper using just blue Bic pens and Ultraviolet ink! It took  and took eight months to complete and will be showing  as part of the “The Blue Route” exhibition  from September 27, 2013 to February 9, 2014 at  at Villa Empain in Brussels. The intricacy, detail, and scope of the work is quite amazing. Each of the four QR Codes in the work take you to mysterious pages like this one. Hopefully we’ll end up seeing more great works from Bréchignac in the future!


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