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Bokode: Beyond The Bar Code

Bokode: Beyond The Bar Code
Jim Moscater

The MIT Media Lab has developed a new type of data tag called Bokode, which has the capacity to hold thousands of times more information than the traditional barcode. The name is a combination of barcode, and the Japanese term Bokeh, which refers to the blurred area around a photographer’s point of focus.

Bokodes are circular in shape and much smaller than a barcode -about 3mm wide- and consist of an LED along with a mask and lens. Information is stored in the light that shines through the mask, and can be read by taking an out of focus photo from meters away- a much farther distance than a standard barcode would require.

A Bokode has the potential for a wide range of different uses. It could provide information on products in a grocery store or exhibits in a museum, or serve as a gateway to accessing pertinent documents or multimedia in an academic or business environment.

A video presentation on Bokode, provided by MIT Media Labs:

[via BBC]

[image via Fast Company]

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