Portable Qoder Scans on the Go

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2000-12-11 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If the concept of extending e-commerce further into the physical world through the use of bar codes is going to take off, bar-code readers will have to be mobile.

If the concept of extending e-commerce further into the physical world through the use of bar codes is going to take off, bar-code readers will have to be mobile.

A few months ago, my colleague Jim Rapoza torched Digital:Convergences CueCat bar-code scanner for several reasons. The scanner is designed to read bar codes placed in magazines and return additional information relating to the item paired with the bar code. In addition, the CueCat connects directly to a PC, and Rapoza pointed out that most people do not read magazines while sitting at their PCs.

A better alternative is the Qoder, a new portable bar-code reader from Qode (www.qode.com). Users can carry Qoders on key chains and scan bar codes at their convenience. Back at their desktops, they can slide the Qoder into a cradle that connects to the PC and downloads the scans. Qodes bundled software manages the code lookups.

Unlike the nosy CueCat, the Qoder does not come with a requirement that users provide personal information. But then, the Qoder costs $39.95; the CueCat is free.

 
 
 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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