Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Could The Treo 700 Be A Physical World Connection Mobile Phone?

Maybe it's wishful thinking, but could we be seeing the first barcode scanning mobile phone on the market?

I have been watching these guys to see if their technology would be embedded on the new smartphones.

Socket Communications made this announcement yesterday that offers barcode scanning ability for the new Palm 700w.

The Secure Digital Scan Card (SDSC) 3E is a Series 3 entry-level bar code scanner that adds affordable scanning to Pocket PC or Palm devices. Based on miniature Linear CMOS Imaging technology, the SDSC 3E scans all popular linear bar code symbologies.

The power of laser bar code scanning technology with the convenience of Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
. They also have the ability to scan an RFID tag too.

From Sockets website:

We offer an impressive line of bar code scanning products that provide a convenient, portable and incredibly accurate way to scan huge amounts of product information into any Windows Powered mobile computer

Need some comments and input on this one.


Anonymous said...

Well, if so, one could assume that microsoft and palm have jointly licensed the IP that allows users to access Internet content by scanning barcodes, RFID tags, etc. It would be a nice start.

Anonymous said...

It appears that this technology grabs the barcode so that an application can use it. Do we know what windows plans to do with it? I haven't read anything yet that shows what MSFT is going to do with it. Obviously, the fact that it is there is very significant. What is google going to do now?