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Video: Suuuperfast barcode scanner for S^3 – Even works EDoF and old S60 – demoed on Nokia N8/E7/N95

| April 29, 2011 | 22 Replies

Barcode scanners – nifty little things if you can bother to open the app other than that gimmicky inspired moment when you try it out to see if it actually works. You need to get it in focus though to get the image right. That takes time for the focusing to get it perfect.

Some do some sort of continuous autofocus thing and adjusts by itself. You just have to hold the phone still. The worst implementation of barcode scanner I’ve experienced is on Windows Phone. You take a picture (because camera APIs not available preMango) and the picture is blurry, click accept (because traying again produces the same response) and thus it cannot convert the barcode. It’s so appallingly bad.

Anyway, basically with this app, the barcode is scanned instantly. Somehow like those barcode scanner guns you’d see in the grocery store/shops etc. In the time it takes to beep, it’s scanned.

Another bigger plus is that it also somehow seems to work for EDoF cameras (btw, did 7610 have barcode scanner? I somehow recall such an app). The demo specifically mentions working with EDoF, working with different angles so you don’t have to be as precise as the old barcode scanner apps

 

Whilst we’re on the subject: Remember Nokia N8 and USB Barcode scanner over USB OTG?

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The cool thing with barcode scanners is NOT the scanning, but what that information can direct us to. More info on the product, price listings, comparisons, coupons, discounts, business cards, links etc (e.g. QR codes. Used to be a geek thing now being used more and more for promitions. Something like this would be useful as it’s instant, whip out, bam. It seems that mostly a software thing, it could reach a little bit further than NFC for now, which would need more extensive hardware deployment).

Is this just a live demo or just to explain the concept?

Supports iPhone, Android and Symbian/Qt. Windows Phone coming soon.

via @Camb078

UPDATE: Seems like you guys have found this on Ovi Store. Though limited regional availability (US). And it works as advertised.

The scandit folks have added:

Hi guys, thanks for your comments and interst! Great to hear that you like our barcode scanning technology demo and our Scandit shopping app! Obviously you’ve already found ways to download Scandit from regions outside of the US :-) So let us know what you think at feedback@iscandit.com and help us spread the word about our scanner. Meanwhile, we’re looking at how we can make the app available to other regions asap.

Cheers,
The Scandit team

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  • Antonio

    Is it available on the Ovi Store? How much does it cost?

  • http://www.nomasla.net FireDragon

    This sounds nice and useful for consumer market equally.

    I am still interested to see some document/page shots from EDoF cameras. Is it possible for any of you to us that?

  • Rock

    Amazing. If only I had use for it.

  • stylinred

    I was disappointed that my N8 didn’t come with a barcode scanner like my N95 had it seemed like a step backward by not including one; granted the n95 scanner wasn’t perfect all the time but its better than nothing

    • Monty

      use beetag. It’s been available for a long time now and is very fast. Does not do 1d codes tho

      • stylinred

        ah cool thx

  • Deaconclgi

    WOW!!!! That was amazingly quick barcode capturing! The next step is to have a fast and reliable barcode database to load products from.

    It was great to see the N82 again. I remember using NeoReader on Black Friday 2008 at the BX to scan codes and wow other shoppers while we all waited in the ridiculous long lines. I was spouting some nonsense about Nokia being the greatest and how the N82 camera was better than every other phone camera, and multitasking and the front facing cam and how video chat would catch on in the US while taking Xenon lit pics outside at 2am….ahhhh….good times.

    I would use this barcode technology. I would like to see it used in a promotion, sort of like the recent search for E7 contest. I would have users scan items to find a preselected mystery item each day of the duration of the contest and whoever finds them all would win a grand prize or device. Imagine people randomly scanning items at hoping that they get the mystery item.

    I would have users register a username and have an online portal where users can see each others total items found and have leaderboards.

    There would be rare items to be scanned such as imported jamaican prailines from antartica (totally made that up) that would count as a bonus.

    Oh well, I hope devs somewhere make use of this technology.

  • flopjoke

    Interesting.. it’s here on the ovi store: http://store.ovi.com/content/109689

    but it’s not in my region yet =(

    can anyone download it and post it here?

    • amoshydra

      Need someone from US to download the app.

      I am able to view the app with US proxy..

  • Bierbauer
    • amoshydra

      Due to extremely high usage, Proxify is allowing access only to paid subscribers. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please login to your account or subscribe for immediate access.

      :(

      By the way.. can it scan 2d barcode? e.g. datamatrix.. qr code.. etc..

      • stylinred

        just do it again, it works

        • amoshydra

          I used another proxy website!! yoohoo!! :D Downloaded!

      • gc

        unfortunately no

  • stylinred

    i was just going to inform thqt its only for the US but you guys are quick :p
    had to email them to find out that, was impressed that i got a reply since its the weekend

  • gc

    can someone from usa download it and upload it on a site like rapidshare so we could try this app?

  • Duncan

    Can’t get this app to scan anything with my N8, the camera won’t focus.

    • Duncan

      Weird, after restarting the app several times it works perfect now. Interesting bug.

  • http://www.iscandit.com Scandit

    Hi guys, thanks for your comments and interst! Great to hear that you like our barcode scanning technology demo and our Scandit shopping app! Obviously you’ve already found ways to download Scandit from regions outside of the US :-) So let us know what you think at feedback@iscandit.com and help us spread the word about our scanner. Meanwhile, we’re looking at how we can make the app available to other regions asap.

    Cheers,
    The Scandit team

  • santosh

    hey guys please send me this app scandit…. in my email- santosh_gupta5@yahoo.com thanx…i need it……..plz

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