Happy Birthday Barcodes

60 years and 1 day ago, the patent for barcodes was filed in the US.

And much like the tin opener, they proceded the widespread technology to use them. Brilliant foresight or just naivety?

Whatever the answer to that question, the fact that pretty much every physical product in the world involves barcodes in some form or another means that they got something right.

60 years is a long time for a technology to hold its own and, for the foreseeable future, they don’t look like to be a dying one. I just hope Mr Barcode inventor has earnt his just rewards for an understated but quite brilliant bit of the modern world.

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