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    RedLaser, a new app available via Cydia, is very cool. It's a barcode reader for the iPhone - and it works even on the 2G and 3G iPhones, without auto-focus. Reading straight from the camera feed (no need to take a photo, just hold it up to the bar code and wait a second), all 3 models of iPhone can run RedLaser. Oh, and its free... which is a nice price.

    The app lets you do online price comparisons using Google's db, and view items in Amazon.com. There's all sorts of extra options available as well - and way more possible with their SDK. Imagine reading reviews on scanned books, beaming movies to your TiVo, adding milk to your grocery list... possibilities are endles.

    RedLaser's magic comes from their scanner algorithm. We chatted with Jeffrey Powers, co-founder of Occipital (make of RedLaser), who said:

    The bars are so blurry up close that we had to create software that is able to mathematically compensate in a way that had never been done before on the iPhone. Getting it to run fast enough for the phone was another big feat. We spent three months getting it to the level it's at now.
    Occipital is doing some cool stuff, like an SDK for using their RedLaser - look for AppStore app cor.kz to add barcode scanning support to their wine app soon.

    But for some REALLY cool stuff they're looking into using the iPhone's camera and GPS setup... check out the below video from a blog they posted a few months back... now THAT'S intense.



    Keep an eye on these guys, they've got some great stuff in the works.

    Occipital
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Your iPhone can Read Barcodes started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 103 Comments
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      It is free....
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      What would make this a killer app? Use the GPS or for other devices enter zip code, scan a bar code, display relevant items located at stores in your area (within a 15-20 mile radius). If there are no results in the area then display possible coupons for the item scanned at stores in your area.

      It is hit or miss on my 3G and most of the results are either no results or from online retailers I've never heard of. I'm not buying my groceries from a bunch of different online sites.

      Hopefully the database will improve over time.
    1. PCeasar's Avatar
      PCeasar -
      Works wonderfully on my 3Gs guess its autofocus. Anyhow one great function I wish the developer could add is maybe a total button for the list of items scanned even if based on the lowest amount helps the shopper to estimate how much the total grocery or whatever bill would be, scan as you pickup the items then hit total! Done!
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      I have had it installed for about a week and it works good. does not catch everything but most things.
    1. jadi929's Avatar
      jadi929 -
      much better then the original redlaser in the appstore, works like a charm on my iphone first gen
    1. marys25's Avatar
      marys25 -
      this worked great..used it on some of the stuff around the office and was surprised to how fast it works...No more wanderings walmart looking for the price finder!!!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      What would make this a killer app? Use the GPS or for other devices enter zip code, scan a bar code, display relevant items located at stores in your area (within a 15-20 mile radius). If there are no results in the area then display possible coupons for the item scanned at stores in your area.

      It is hit or miss on my 3G and most of the results are either no results or from online retailers I've never heard of. I'm not buying my groceries from a bunch of different online sites.

      Hopefully the database will improve over time.
      +1 GPS integration would be killer!
    1. bencjedi's Avatar
      bencjedi -
      This would be even more killer if the app allowed you to submit prices to a shared database for retail stores. For example, I could scan something at one WalMart, tick in the price while a friend across town or in another state does the same for the same item at their Walmart location (or Target, K-Mart, etc) and totally build a national database showing store\item desc\price results (and average cost) to aid the shopper. Man, retail is going to hate this thing. Don't tell Slickdeals or Fatwallet people! LOL
    1. devooolasvegas's Avatar
      devooolasvegas -
      scanned about 20 different products now with no matches. Food, books, etc. Is it because I'm from Canada EH?!
    1. Tokyo's Avatar
      Tokyo -
      Finally Lol
    1. srsuser's Avatar
      srsuser -
      Just installed, works great.
    1. Zehlek's Avatar
      Zehlek -
      Works ok but a lot of products are not found unfortunately. A Wii game I tried worked. But when I tried an OTC medication and Ice Cream, nothing available.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      This app works way better than any of the other barcode scanners I've tried. Very fast and surprisingly accurate.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Griffin's "Clarifi" iPhone case includes a lens that slides over the iPhone's camera for "macro" (close-up) shots and their website specifically shills a UPC reader app. I'm sure this works better with the Clarifi too.
    1. jrpowers's Avatar
      jrpowers -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      What would make this a killer app? Use the GPS or for other devices enter zip code, scan a bar code, display relevant items located at stores in your area (within a 15-20 mile radius). If there are no results in the area then display possible coupons for the item scanned at stores in your area.

      It is hit or miss on my 3G and most of the results are either no results or from online retailers I've never heard of. I'm not buying my groceries from a bunch of different online sites.

      Hopefully the database will improve over time.
      Thanks, we're considering GPS integration!
    1. ZacGoesRawr's Avatar
      ZacGoesRawr -
      theres somthing like that in the app store.
    1. Fantasio's Avatar
      Fantasio -
      Is it possible this app is not available on the Canadian app store?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Possible - just get it from Cydia.
    1. Darkhunter130's Avatar
      Darkhunter130 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zehlek View Post
      Works ok but a lot of products are not found unfortunately. A Wii game I tried worked. But when I tried an OTC medication and Ice Cream, nothing available.
      It found store brand crackers for me haha I was pretty impressed
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      My iphone can't read it..are you lot guys using the jailbreak on your iphone?My one is also done and currently running on firmware 3.0...Any suggestions?I have done it step by step but no results.