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Where do barcodes come from?

The bar code’s rise to ubiquity started with a fundamental problem: Countless industries need to read data extremely quickly. The first people to tackle this problem visually were two students from Drexel University, who were issued a patent in 1952 for a bull’s eye-like symbol that could be read from any direction. The target was aimed grocery stores (good guess), but the tech required to read it, frankly, sucked. Even though the inventors were able to work out what the lines should mean, they couldn’t create a scanner that could do the same. And the whole point was to take humans out of the equation…

Via Gizmodo


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