These Cable Wraps Make Tidying Way More Fun

Keeping your workspace in order is dull—but these fund cable tidies inject a little humor into proceedings, by turning your rat nest of wiring into a stack of fake barcodes. » 7/07/14 6:04am 7/07/14 6:04am

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. » 5/04/14 12:00pm 5/04/14 12:00pm

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 check-out people would look at him like, "you mean there was a time when we didn't… » 4/03/14 1:00pm 4/03/14 1:00pm

Why You Shouldn't Post Your Concert Tickets on Facebook

The scene: your girlfriend and/or boyfriend (hey, nothing wrong with polyamory) 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… » 1/08/13 10:32am 1/08/13 10:32am

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?). » 10/13/12 3:00pm 10/13/12 3:00pm

Future Supermarket Checkouts Could Recognize the Food, Not the Barcode

Besides the elderly gentleman paying in nickels, 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 recognizes the food, packaged or fresh. » 3/08/12 10:20am 3/08/12 10:20am

Where Do Barcodes Come From?

Magazines: check. Bread: check. $35 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? » 6/09/11 2:30pm 6/09/11 2:30pm

What Is This?

What's that you're looking at? Sure it's art, but not the kind that you think. You might say it's a definitive example of a whole being greater than the sum of its parts. And the answer is quite moving. » 2/28/11 4:40pm 2/28/11 4:40pm

Use Barcodes to Play a Piano

Ignore the overwrought, coming of age type soundtrack and you'll see a rather neat idea: a musical instrument that plays music by "reading" barcodes. The Barcode Piano consists of tiles and a board. Each tile is associated with a number which triggers a certain tune. You can arrange the tiles in preset songs or any… » 2/14/11 5:00pm 2/14/11 5:00pm

Fujitsu Makes Barcodes Invisible with FP Code

Fujitsu has dreamed up an invisible way to slap bar codes on products. It's called FP (Fine Picture) code, consisting of thin yellow lines that you can't see but your cell phone can. The code will list pricing information, and will be able to also link you to websites for more. » 9/21/06 9:24am 9/21/06 9:24am

iPods For $4.99? Target Didn't Think So Either

Every once in a while somebody comes around wanting to scam someone else. Usually it's something stupid that gets them caught and thrown in jail. In this case, we have a 19-year-old gentleman who decided to use the program BarCode Magic to create custom iPod barcodes that made them drop in price...a lot. So it should… » 12/05/05 1:37pm 12/05/05 1:37pm