barcodes

These Cable Wraps Make Tidying Way More Fun

Keeping your workspace in order is dull. But these fun cable tidies inject a little humour into proceedings, by turning your rat nest of wiring into a stack of fake barcodes.


Navigate By Barcode And Never Get Lost Again

Libraries have terrible maps; supermarkets and department stores have bad signage; all of them have a built-in system for navigation that we don’t use: barcodes.


The Untold History Of Where Barcodes Come From

When George Laurer goes to the grocery store, he doesn’t tell the check-out people that he invented the barcode, but his wife used to point it out. “My husband here’s the one who invented that barcode,” she’d occasionally say. And the checkout people would look at him like, “You mean there was a time when we didn’t have barcodes?”


Why You Shouldn't Post Your Concert Tickets On Facebook

The scene: your girlfriend and/or boyfriend got you tickets to The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. You’ve been waiting your whole life to see those goats up close, so, naturally, you want to post pictures of your beloved gift on Facebook, rubbing it in all your friends’ rodeo-less faces. Here’s a tip: don’t. Because someone will steal it.


Giz Explains: How QR Codes Work, And Why They Suck

QR codes are a technology that desperately wants our attention. They appear everywhere from supermarket shelves and magazines to hiking trails and tombstones. Never heard of a QR code? You’re looking at one right now. Scan the image at the top of this article, and it will open a link to the mobile version… of this article. Very meta.


Acoustic Barcodes Are Probably Super Popular In Some Alternate Universe

With technology like NFC on the rise, you might think the humble barcode might not be long for this world. As it turns out, that old medium has at least one more trick up its sleeve. Going tactile and operating with sound just might be what it takes to make barcodes cool (again?).


Supermarket Object Scanner Could Kill Barcodes

I loathe self-service checkouts at supermarkets. Not because I want to hang around there for the fun of it, but simply because they’re so incredibly inefficient, especially if you’re dealing with items that never had barcodes, such as fruit and vegetables. A new scanner from Toshiba might fix my woes, as it omits barcodes and just works out what it is you’re holding in front of it.


Future Supermarket Checkouts Could Recognise The Food, Not The Barcode

Besides the elderly gentleman paying in gold coins, the biggest holdup at supermarket checkouts is the cashier finding an item’s barcode and properly scanning. So Toshiba has developed a faster camera-based system that recognises the food, packaged or fresh.


Where Do Barcodes Come From?

Magazines: check. Bread: check. $US35 Whole Foods sandwich: check. Creepy guy in line: check. Seems like everything’s got a bar code on it these days. But did you ever stop to wonder where those ubiquitous stripes came from?


Stopping Cops From Fixing Tickets With New Tracking System

Some cops have a tendency to ticket fix, or in layman’s terms, make tickets disappear. And though it’s a sweet perk for their friends and family, it’s sorta against the law too. So! The NYPD has come up with a new tracking system that’s trying to stop tickets from magically disappearing.