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Barcode Facts You Don’t Know

Things You don’t Know About Barcode

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The journey of the barcodes from idea to revolutionary invention. I have taken a long look at barcode history and create a list with some weird facts, I found along the way. Check it out:

1. First barcode was use to label Railroad Cars

Railroad Cars barcode
Railroad Cars
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Now a days most of us see the barcodes on food we buy, books, movies, electronic items and every modern consumer good. Reality of barcodes used on consumer goods came after its original planned use, the labeling of railroad cars. Barcodes first came into use to mark railroad cars, even though barcodes were not universally accepted until grocery check out systems is developed.

2. In 1952 first barcode symbology was patented and looks like a omphalos

Barcode Symbology
Barcode Symbology
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In the late 1940s, Bernard Silver and Norman Joseph Woodland began a research solution to automatically read product info during grocery checkout. First ever barcode symbology (seen in featured image above) invention’s credit is given to Silver and Woodland.

3. First scanning of a UPC code was on a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum

UPC Code Scanning at Marsh Supermarket
UPC Code Scanning at Marsh Supermarket
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In the summer of 1974 ,a UPC code was scanned for the first time at a Grocery Market in Ohio. At Marsh supermarket, a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum slid down the conveyer belt to mark the First Ever Grocery item to be scanned.

4. Barcode Battler one of the earliest mobile gaming consoles

Barcode Battler
Barcode Battler
Source : eurogamer

Back in the early days of hand held gaming consoles (in 1991) at that time there were very few games in the market Gameboy, Gamegear and Epoch Barcode Battler. These are 3 most famous games of 1991. The barcode gaming system is a hand held game console released by Epoch in March 1991. The console was supplied to retailers with number of cards, each had a barcode. In this game, variety of cards containing barcodes each representing a enemy, player and powerup. To initiate battle players barcodes were swipped. This game system never took off in North America or Europe, but was extremely popular in Japan.

5. UPC codes and the 666 controversy

666 controversy
Barcode 666 controversy
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George J. Laurer developer of the UPC code, make a public statement ,addressing the allegation that the guard bars on UPC are a code for “666”. Guard bars are bit containing patterns at the beginning, middle, and end of each UPC code, which resemble the coding for the number 6. Laurer has responded to allegation on his website by saying “there is nothing sinister about this nor does it have anything to do with the Bible mark of the beast. It is simply a coincidence like the fact that my first, middle, and last name all have 6 letters Having nightmares about UPC codes? Blame George.

Originally posted on June 15, 2020 @ 5:14 PM

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