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Barcodepedia - a Social Network Barcode DB 118

Thor Larholm writes "Barcodepedia is a community-based online barcode database, where everybody can contribute whichever barcodes they have lying around on their crowded desks simply by holding it in front of your webcam. The database is completely free to use, and everyone is invited to participate. The site should be available in French, Russian, German and Swedish within a week, so get all your friends and go to your local store with a laptop for massive fun. Donations of cuecats and other specialized scanners are welcomed." Anyone who's read Bruce Sterling's book Shaping Things may immediately think of Sterling's concept of "spimes" — for those who haven't, Sterling's 2006 SXSW address explains a bit, too. (It's easy to create your own barcodes, too — and then, not quite as easily, you can use them to control your house.)
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  • For all the critics (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 06, 2006 @12:54PM (#15667971)
    Hi all

    For all critics of the page, I just want to clarify that the page is not done yet. As some of you might have noticed its not navigable in the user section when not having JavaScript tuned on and the language translations are not done yet.

    We do however count on having all this fixed in the middle of next month.

    Guess slashdot comes when you least expect it

            -Chris Benjaminsen
  • UPC Database (Score:4, Informative)

    by BlueOtto ( 519047 ) on Thursday July 06, 2006 @01:59PM (#15668696)
    This site [upcdatabase.com] seems to do the same thing without the nifty webcam-scanner and has been around a lot longer and is cue-cat compatible. It probably has much more in its database.
  • Re:CueCat? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Kadin2048 ( 468275 ) <slashdot,kadin&xoxy,net> on Thursday July 06, 2006 @02:06PM (#15668752) Homepage Journal
    Actually if you look on the site's about page, where he has a wish/priority list, CueCat support is on there.

    Unfortunately, it seems like he doesn't have a CueCat, and he's looking for someone to donate one, plus postage to Denmark.

    I only have one, but maybe someone around on Slashdot who cleaned up (the last time these came up in discussion, it seemed like there were people around with dozens of the things) as they were going out of business will be willing to post one to Europe.

    There are several GPLed projects which have CueCat support in them already -- Alexandria, which is a book-cataloging program, does it (although I've never gotten a chance to play with it that much) and there are some standalone scripts and libraries for decoding CueCat output around, from when they were more popular. Doesn't seem like it would be particularly hard to do.

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