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Old 09-18-2008, 01:50 PM
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Question Barcode Reading using PDA camera?

I have been curious about this for along time and no straight answer pops up....
Is it possible to use our MOGUL (or any smartphone with a camera for that matter) as a Barcode reader using the camera???
I really want your input on this...or possible software that claims to do it...

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Old 09-19-2008, 03:00 PM
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Re: Barcode Reading using PDA camera?

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I have been curious about this for along time and no straight answer pops up....
Is it possible to use our MOGUL (or any smartphone with a camera for that matter) as a Barcode reader using the camera???
I really want your input on this...or possible software that claims to do it...

Thankx in avance.

Inigma makes a free 2D barcode reader that works well...

Microsoft was beta testing a 1D barcode reader, but it pretty much required a special lens that was stuck (via a sticky rubber gasket) over the existing lens... It always took me about 3 tries to get it to work... Microsoft deemed the project a failure and stopped distributing the software...

Do a Google search of this site for more information such as links...
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Re: Barcode Reading using PDA camera?

As far as I'm aware, there's no "reliable" solution for WMobile developers. Generally, this is the purview of the cell providers. Most of the work done is for proprietary applications. If you think about it, you'll need to control the camera, spot store the image, then run it through the analysis routine to find the barcode. The i-Nigma (i-nigma.com) utility is only for selected phones - I didn't see the Mogul, and only for entering URL's.

Motorola is working on the technology, and from what I see just about have it. Check out the review on our Barcode Font site. Its lengthy, but look at the "Camera" section. you'll see some pics there as well. The program controls the camera, and when the code scans, it acts like you just typed in the characters in the barcode using the keypad.

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Re: Barcode Reading using PDA camera?

Just curious, but what would be the benefits of having the phone as a barcode reader?
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As far as I'm aware, there's no "reliable" solution for WMobile developers. Generally, this is the purview of the cell providers. Most of the work done is for proprietary applications. If you think about it, you'll need to control the camera, spot store the image, then run it through the analysis routine to find the barcode. The i-Nigma (i-nigma.com) utility is only for selected phones - I didn't see the Mogul, and only for entering URL's.

Motorola is working on the technology, and from what I see just about have it. Check out the review on our Barcode Font site. Its lengthy, but look at the "Camera" section. you'll see some pics there as well. The program controls the camera, and when the code scans, it acts like you just typed in the characters in the barcode using the keypad.

Let me know if you have any questions.
I will check it out...
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Just curious, but what would be the benefits of having the phone as a barcode reader?
well, since almost every bar code reader i have seen are Windows CE based, i figured it would just be software...
Also, i would use this for work, instead of carrying another device just scan in serial numbers, etc.

Thanks all for your great responses!
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Re: Barcode Reading using PDA camera?

Cool...hope you find what you're looking for.
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