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Bar Code

A code placed on a product that a machine can read. Groceries and other products commonly have bar codes on them so a machine can display how much they cost. This ensures accurate prices are paid on retail goods. Bar codes were invented by a graduate student in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1948.
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bar code

an alpha or alpha-numeric code, converted into a series of lines and spaces which are marked on products. Bar coding and the use of bar code scanners enables a firm to obtain accurate data quickly on its STOCK position to help with planning its reordering of goods; and can be used to adjust the prices of goods more easily than by replacing price tags. See EPOS.
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The latter utilize a small video camera to capture an image of the bar code. The bar-code reader then uses sophisticated digital image-processing techniques to decode the symbology.
The 35th anniversary of the first time a laser scanner was used to "read" a bar code, according to Motorola.<p>The company has detailed a few of the pertinent facts from that day, including that the first scan occurred at 8:06 a.m., June 26, 1974, at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
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In fact, the first bar code patents were issued in 1952 just a few years after the British used radar-activated transmitters, a system similar to modern RFID, to identify friendly planes from German aircraft during WW II.