Mobile barcodes

Thursday 20th March, 2008

Just came across this really interesting idea for a bar-code driven product wiki. The killer use case is that you could take a snap of a product’s bar code with your mobile phone camera and within seconds be reading what other people say about it, news articles, reviews, etc. It’s very compelling.

I suspect that patent holders would come running, but surely there’s a reasonable case for this patent (6,993,573) being denied, as granting it would create a monopoly equivalent to all hyperlinks being controlled by a single source.