Most frequently implemented in industrial or retail environments, barcode scanners don’t sound like the most interesting products out there, but they actually have a lot more to them than you’d think. Seen in every shop, on every product, barcodes are so intertwined with everyday life today that we barely even notice them, but it hasn’t always been that way. Barcodes and barcode scanners were initially used to label railroad cars so that they could be differentiated between, and they weren’t initially well received when they were used in supermarkets. The first scanning of a UPC code was done on, of all things, a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum.
Below are three more interesting facts about barcode scanners:
1. They are versatile
Every barcode scanner is programmable. If you want to programme your scanner, you’ll have to access the firmware within the device, but it can be done. The options available when programming your device will differ in relation to the quality of the scanner. The scanners you see in grocery stores, for example, will have a whole host of programming options available on them, whereas there are fewer options available on smaller and cheaper devices.
There are also barcode scanners on the market which allow whatever you scan to travel directly into the app you’re using, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or Microsoft Word. This means you can share the information quickly and directly with your peers, which is great for businesses.
2. Administering a barcode system in your business isn’t costly or difficult
Barcode technology has improved over the past ten years, as the product has decreased in cost and increased in quality and efficiency. Most companies have computer software which requires the operator to input the UPC or SKU number, which a scanner can achieve without setup, straight from the box.
Some barcode scanners now come with an integrated text-to-speech function. This means the scanner can read whatever text you are scanning back to you. There is a lot of potential for such a tool, including use in schools with children with learning difficulties like dyslexia. This would also work well in a business to increase productivity, as the feature has the potential to enable users to multi-task.
3. Translate into over 40 different languages
Some barcode scanners available on the market, like the Scanmarker will let you translate whatever you are scanning into another language, which means you can actually cross language barriers in ways previously unseen. This new technology has the potential to allow people to connect with each other regardless of the language they speak, and is also a great opportunity for businesses hoping to do trade with companies abroad who do not speak their language.
With the Scanmarker, all you have to do is select the language you would like to translate to on the pen, slide it over the document you want to translate, and your transaction will appear right where the pen’s cursor is blinking in just a few seconds.