Phones that read barcodes – CueCat revisited?
Mobile phone companies want to make mobile phones capable of reading barcodes, with the aim of being able to quickly direct consumers to more information about things that interest them.
Apparently commonplace in Japan and South Korea, I wonder why it’s taken them so long to introduce here. Newswireless Editor, Guy Kewney was trailing it in late 2004.
However I’ve always wondered whether it would have died anyway. If you’re flicking through a magazine, and you see something of interest, isn’t it just as easy to go to your computer and type in a URL?
Why bother with a barcode reader? Perhaps someone can tell me more about how barcode-reading phones in Asia are used, because surely a mobile phone version has all the drawbacks of CueCat, plus a tiny screen experience into the bargain.
I can’t help thinking that a phone that reads a barcode is a solution in search of a problem.