The marriage of mobile phones
06 December 2001
Written by Kinny Cheng
With headsets, car kits and
desktop chargers being the standard “mobile phone accessories” that we may
really need, an Italian company may have successfully developed something that
may add just one more item to that list.
iScan has developed the
world’s first data capture device, a barcode scanner, that attaches directly
to a mobile phone. The barcode
scanner is attached to the base of an Ericsson mobile phone where it allows data
from a barcode to be fed through to the phone and transmitted via SMS to another
location. The iScan barcode scanner
uses very little power and uses power from the phone’s battery.
including shopping, package tracking, booking, banking, betting, bill payment,
factory floor data collection, inventory and warehouse control, shipping and
receiving, and medical applications, could be developed based on the iScan
barcode module through the use of the software development kit (SDK) supplied by
iScan. The possibilities are quite
So far, one of the possible
problems is phone compatibility – with the iScan barcode scanner probably only
working with an Ericsson handset. With
so many brands of phones out there in the market, this problem will hold back
possible adoption of such a product and its concept.
Maybe a Bluetooth-enabled scanner sometime in the future will resolve
For more information on the
iScan product, visit their website by clicking here.