Factoids on barcodes, the industry, and barcode equipment so you can impress your boss and coworkers with your vast knowledge!
- Did you know that the first product scanned at a check-out counter was a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum? Find out more about the barcode’s riveting history here.
- Did you know that the lines on barcodes are measured in millionths of an inch, which is called the “mil spec”? I have a hard enough time reading the 1/32” lines on my ruler, which is why I leave the barcode reading up to the barcode scanners!
- Did you know that 2D barcodes can hold up to 500 characters on average? You could fit the entire Gettysburg Address in one barcode!
- Did you know that Bluetooth cordless barcode scanners can pair up with any Bluetooth device? Those friendly little devices will work with a PC, laptop, or mobile computer.
- Did you know that HF (High Frequency, 13.56MHz) RFID tags have more memory, but a shorter read distance and higher cost than UHF (Ultra High Frequency, 900MHz) RFID tags? So if Big Brother wants to use RFID to find out a lot about my shopping habits, he’ll have to get up close and personal.
Now you have an extra edge for the next water-cooler conversation or game of Trivial Pursuit. We’ll be adding more later on, so keep checking in!