Evaluation of 1D Barcode Scanning on Mobile Phones

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Executive Summary

1D or linear barcodes are the black-and-white-striped codes that can be found on most consumer products. This paper evaluates existing 1D barcode scanners for mobile phones on their applicability towards consumers. The tested scanners identify the data stored in these codes, and thus enable users of mobile phones to conveniently access related information from the Internet on the go, without having to type in the name of a product. The paper compares 11 state-of-the-art scanners in a user study with 20 consumers in a realistic shopping environment.

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