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Barcodes and Your iPhone: Opening New Lines of Information

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POSMarket.com.au  offers a comprehensive range of Point of Sale (POS) solutions such as barcode scanners, cash registers, card printers, touchscreens, scales and receipt printers. This article takes a look at iPhone apps with specific relevance to barcode scanners.

Since its launch, the iPhone has been home to several barcode scanner apps that work via the built-in camera. Until recently however, users have complained about the unreliability of such apps.

The launch of the Red Laser barcode scanner developed by Occipital (who designed the application that makes the iPhone's camera so good) gives users the functionality of a good, reliable and easy-to-use barcode scanner.

In a world that is becoming increasingly organised and detail-oriented, shoppers as well as consumers have to actively seek out the tools that allow them to save the most and stretch their dollars as far as they go.

This has become even more important in the economic decline of the last few years and the ability to scan a barcode to find the price as well as compare it to other stores and products via the internet is a mighty tool that is sure to disrupt price gouging and help customers get the best products for the lowest prices.

iPhone apps such as the Red Laser or ShopSavvy use the camera to snap a digital photograph of the desired product's UPC or barcode. They then upload and compare the barcode online to the same or similar products in other shops in the vicinity.

All of this data is attractively organised for the user for comparison and decision. This technology allows users to identify potential sales and to skip false sales.

The technology hasn't quite been perfected yet as a scan of a $1.50 2-litre bottle of soft drink might sometimes show a price comparison for something that costs $15 at a local car parts shop, and that is certainly not edible.

But at the end of the day, the uses of portable barcode scanners and price comparers are nearly limitless for shoppers.

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