Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Google's Celebration Of The Bar Code

Great post on the TechCrunch blog about Google's love of all things unique...

Google’s new logo is a barcode which, as far as we can tell, says “Google.” Today is the 57th anniversary of the first patent on the bar code. Inventors Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver filed the patent on October 1949, and it was granted, No. 2,612,994 (pdf), on October 7, 1952. The original patent was for a system that would encode data in circles (a bulls eye pattern), so that it could be scanned in any direction (see this interesting article for more history).

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