Cauzin Softstrip Reader
A Cauzin Softstrip Reader, sample program book (on left), and several purchased programs fanned on the right. This was touted as being the answer to software distribution in print, instead of shipping diskettes in magazines or having people type in long programs by hand. Cauzin also provided software to print your own softstrips, allowing you to save your own data and programs to share with others. Main problems were the reader cost about $200 (in 1980's dollars), and each strip held just 5500 Bytes (thats 5.5 KB), though they could be linked for larger files. Today, QR Codes are its more successful offspring.
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