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Barcode replacement shown off
Tech Business
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:53

By Jonathan Fildes
Technology reporter, BBC News

Could tiny tags replace barcodes?

A replacement for the black and white stripes of the traditional barcode has been outlined by US researchers.

Bokodes, as they are known, can hold thousands of times more information than their striped cousins and can be read by a standard mobile phone camera.

The 3mm-diameter (0.1 inches), powered tags could be used to encode nutrition information on food packaging or create new devices for playing video games.

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