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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.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Your iPhone can Read Barcodes started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 103 Comments
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      Totally cool......!!!!!!
    1. charlyc's Avatar
      charlyc -
      Excellent app and quick
    1. btung's Avatar
      btung -
      i really like those chewy granola bars, though.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      I'm gonna be occupied for hours
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Wow even after 2 years I am still amazed at what the iPhone can do. It really is a JesusPhone. Nothing can compare.
    1. simpl3lang's Avatar
      simpl3lang -
      Isnt The second video called AUGMENTED REALITY??
    1. alpawa's Avatar
      alpawa -
      In Cydia its BETA. Does not work for me. Installed it and it "reads" bar codes, but it does not recognize it as a valid one nor can it pair it with its product. LAME-O
    1. C.44's Avatar
      C.44 -
      urgh, i hate bigbosses repo. All it keeps throwing me is the size mismatch error. I'd love to try this app but i have no idea how to solve this problem i have with their repo. Any help would be great though.
    1. 97vrsix's Avatar
      97vrsix -
      This app works good! The only problem with a 3G or a 2G would be the auto focus... It does an software autofocus... But its not as easy as using this on a 3Gs..

      So far it has had every bar code I can scan.. It may not find it for sale, but it knows what it is.. I tried my IPhone boxes.. 3G and 2G and the 3Gs... As well as many other random items.. Like the Sim's, LCD covers, my INcase bag, tooth paste, food items.. I give this a Thumbs up!! It may not be perfect on our older stuff, but the newer... 100%

      4.5 star's.. could have more options, like local find..
    1. chessyang's Avatar
      chessyang -
      i was going crazy at wal-mart scanning stuff! love this app.
    1. Wongster360's Avatar
      Wongster360 -
      very nice app and it works, although on a lot of the results I received, I've never heard of the places they were referring too.
    1. danny's Avatar
      danny -
      cool ilovet good wk
    1. WannaApple?'s Avatar
      WannaApple? -
      Ok, someone help me pls let me know what I am doing wrong. I just downloaded this and of course went through my kitchen to play and see how it worked. I scanned 6 products, none of which the app was able to find. AND, I scanned a box of granola bars 3 different times. It came up with different numbers each time and kept telling me no matching products found.

      The other items I scanned were Milk Bone dog biscuits, Hershey's chocolate bag and even a bottle of dog vitamins that I KNOW should have come up because I bought them from Amazon.com! lol
      I am holding the phone still until it beeps and trying to align the upc code as best as I can. Anyone have any ideas on why it wouldnt be working for me? And/or why it keeps giving me different numbers everytime I scan the same item??

      Edit: Ok, I was FINALLY able to get one product found. Its still weird that the rest of the products keep coming up with different numbers each time though. However, that being said, it seems like a cool app, but its really hard to get just the perfect angle and hold it perfectly still until it beeps. I agree that it needs auto focus or something. If you are in a store, you are usually holding an item with one hand and the phone with the other. It makes it extremely difficult to properly get a good image.
      Oh, and a setting to get rid of the beep would be nice lol I know its supposed to let you know that its done, but if I'm in a store price matching things, I am usually trying to do it covertly and dont want everyone else around, or store employees to know!
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Great app! Works good.
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      I was able to scan a barcode off tiger direct website on my comp screen. That's slick as hell
    1. C.44's Avatar
      C.44 -
      well i got the one that's in the appstore. Looks nice, but doesn't work at all. Each and every live pic is translated into a completely different set of numbers. Same goes for the phototaking part. None of it's conversions actually work and any number entered manually results in a product not found.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ the one in appstore is the older version
    1. Darkhunter130's Avatar
      Darkhunter130 -
      Are you sure? On their website it links right to the app store.

      Occipital RedLaser
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I talked to the developer last night and he said that they submitted the version that is on cydia right now to apple but it hasn't been approved yet. If you want the version that works correctly download from cydia
    1. Darkhunter130's Avatar
      Darkhunter130 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I talked to the developer last night and he said that they submitted the version that is on cydia right now to apple but it hasn't been approved yet. If you want the version that works correctly download from cydia
      Ah cool cool. I assume it will be a free update on the app store correct