Monday, May 22, 2006

Scan Barcodes With Infrared Reading Mobile Phone

From The Advertiser Mobile credit on the cards

Mastercard senior client business leader Bill Saubert told the International Credit Card Summit conference that technology allowing mobile phones to scan product bar codes using infra-red light had already been perfected.

There will be many ways the physical world gets connected.


Anonymous said...

This is a nice fantasy. IR ports on cell phones cannot read barcodes. Not only has this not been perfected, it does not work at all.

Anonymous said...

It's not clear what this means.

Does it mean simply that an imager with an infrared filter can scan a bar code's infrared light signature? Does it mean that the bar code is printed in infrared ink?

Even if it meant that infrared ports could be used -- almost certainly a false assertion -- who cares, given that infrared ports are going out of style anyway?