Man scans a damaged barcode

The History of Barcode: From Morse Code to Machine Learning

Barcodes are so commonly used today most people don’t notice them on their products. Yet, they haven’t always been around.

Finding a way to easily manage product inventory has been a concern since 1932 when grocers worked to create a punch-card system as an attempt to manage the process. That idea never came to fruition because it was so expensive and hard to manage.

From the humble beginnings in the mid-20th century to modern AI-enhanced data capture solutions – let’s take a look at the history of barcode:

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