Barcode is something that we see every day. Even a small packet of biscuit has a barcode printed on it. But when did the barcode such an intricate part of our life? If we look at the history, Bernard Silver and Norman Joseph Woodland both graduate student at Drexel Institute of Technology conceived the idea of barcode in the year 1948 and filed for its patent on 20th October 1949. Long after the idea was patented, its first commercial use was made in the year 1974, and a pack of juicy Fruit gum was scanned at grocery store. Whereas, its first industrial adoption was made even later by United States Department of Defence for marking all the products sold to Military in the year 1981.
Even though the barcode products were slow to take, they have managed to appear almost in all our daily use items. Further, what really made people embrace the barcode products was its underlying principle of reducing human efforts. Barcodes have introduce a new way of doing business which is effortless, efficient and seamless.
So, let us take a look at how barcode products have managed to help with our daily routine tasks.