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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

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

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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