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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. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ yea, for sure.
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      Just d/led this app, I will give it test drive tomorrow.
    1. kelvingeorge's Avatar
      kelvingeorge -
      Great app. Good work.
    1. marshalldid's Avatar
      marshalldid -
      It irritates me that people discuss the possibility of accessing cracked apps especially on a thread that is advertising a FREE app. The developers spend so much time and energy creating these applications and many of them are generous enough to submit them either at no cost to you or at a very, very, reasonable price. I know free stuff is great, but come on, for some of them this is not just a hobby but a way to make some money. Let's be respectful and do what we can to support these developers so that they can advance this technology even further.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ +1
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      ^+2
    1. Darkhunter130's Avatar
      Darkhunter130 -
      +3 or can only mods do that?

      I plan on purchasing the app from the itunes store as soon as the update is approved, I hope its soon!! Tried it on my brothers jail broken iphone today and it worked great.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      +3, ^ Your +3 doesn't count because you are not a mod. =P
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      I went crazy in my kitchen with this. Just another thing to i**** around with. My wife thinks ive lost my mind.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      Works great! It's fast too on my threeGeeS..can't wait for updates..should pass apples app store 
    1. krazy4me2bme's Avatar
      krazy4me2bme -
      This is a cool app and I would love to see it with an inventory feature
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Wow simply amazing, my little niece is freaking out right now- "Your phones scary!!"
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      Quote Originally Posted by WannaApple? View Post
      Oh, and a setting to get rid of the beep would be nice lol
      Look under "Settings > RedLaserBeta"

      By the way, you can also see what version you're using. I downloaded from Cydia and have vs 2.2.1. As has been said lots of times Apple haven't approved the latest version yet so if you used the AppStore you may have an earlier (and therefore less reliable) vs.

      As with I'm sure most people, my kitchen cupboards have been emptied today!
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      Comments from you guys made me cant wait to go home now and download it to my Iphone. But just wondering does this apps work in other country?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Just tried this and found, to my delight, it supports UK!
      It has USD, GBP and EUR for currencies and:
      Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, UK and US for Amazon

      I just scanned a book that hasn't been out long and it found it and came back with prices from lots of places.

      This certainly looks like a winner - Beta 2.2.1 is certainly looking good. Got from Cydia at a price which no one can argue with!
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      This is the type of app that can really pay for itself. Will buy from app store once apple approves it
    1. Beastlee's Avatar
      Beastlee -
      Loving this app, looking forward to future developments. Works well for me, th only think I'd like to be able to do is add custom data against a barcode or export the scanned list to a doc for things like DVDProfiler. This will definitely get my money!
    1. Pistol1's Avatar
      Pistol1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Just tried this and found, to my delight, it supports UK!
      It has USD, GBP and EUR for currencies and:
      Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, UK and US for Amazon

      I just scanned a book that hasn't been out long and it found it and came back with prices from lots of places.

      This certainly looks like a winner - Beta 2.2.1 is certainly looking good. Got from Cydia at a price which no one can argue with!
      I couldn't figure out how to set it to GBP last night - in the help page it says that there is a settings button on the home screen, but I couldn't see one!

      Going by iGuy's response, is it accessed from the Settings app?


      Gotta give BIG respect to the developer occipital for putting this up on Cydia. I guess it's a good strategy for getting plenty of beta testing done, at the possible expense of a few sales - but then, the ratio of non-jailbroken devices to jailbroken must still be pretty much in Apple's favour, so there's still plenty of sales to go for on the App Store if your app is good enough.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pistol1 View Post

      Going by iGuy's response, is it accessed from the Settings app?
      If you looking in the settings app (where settings for all your apps are) you will find it.
    1. alek's Avatar
      alek -
      is this free or not??? the one on appstore is payed and so is one of the cydia ones, theres also cracked versions of both, but is an original free?