On October 7, 1952, the first patent [PDF]
for a barcode
was issued. Today, Google is celebrating the anniversary
with a special logo
. Why not generate your own
or find out how they work
. In addition to generally making things easier, barcodes also have to power to mesmerize world leaders
ALL THE BARCODES.
Awesome, pointless geekery.
Bar code art
is pretty neat. There are bar code portraits of various people from the king
to the king of kings
. There's also a very cool bar code clock
. And there's even a set of bar codes for the drug industry
. There's even a short intro to bar codes
- the revolutionary new way to shop where You Choose The Price!
I don't know why it's taken this long, I really don't.
Beyond the bar code:
Tags on retail products will send radio signals to their manufacturers, collecting information about consumer habits -- and raising privacy concerns. Radio tag technology is already here, used in fields such in livestock, freight-train cargo and highway tolls. The only barrier to widespread use is consumer products is price. When they can be made for a penny, expect to see them everywhere. From the March issue of MIT Technology Review
"As of November 2000, I will no longer respond to questions concerning this subject."
So says frustrated inventor of the UPC barcode George J. Laurer. You know, the question about barcodes, 666 and the Mark of the Beast
. "It is simply a coincidence like the fact that my first, middle, and last name all have 6 letters. " Sure thing, George, we really believe you
Have you ever wondered about what bar codes really mean? Or how to generate them? Barcode 1
is a neat resource. Even cooler is the Barcode Server
, which will generate codes for you. Finally, you can look up bar codes for your favorite products at the UPC Database