Blog post: The little-known history of the first ‘bullseye’ barcode

Whilst we might take the humble barcode for granted today, the symbol is the result of decades of innovation and investment. The idea was first born 80 years ago by Bernard Silver and inventor friend Norman Joseph Woodland who patented the original concept of a ‘bullseye’ shaped machine-readable code in 1949. However, it wasn’t until 3 decades later that the first linear barcode, developed by a team of IBM engineers, was scanned at a supermarket check-out. Continue reading “The little-known history of the first ‘bullseye’ barcode” »

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