Friday, February 27, 2009

ShopSavvy Impressions

ShopSavvy is quite an interesting application available for Google’s Android mobile phone G1. Since a few weeks I use such a G1 and I gave this application a try.

What is ShopSavvy?

ShopSavvy is some sort of shopping assistant: It enables you to compare prices of products quickly.

The most interesting feature is that such comparisons are based on the product barcode (e.g. an EAN code). The barcode is decoded with the built in camera of the G1 (no manual key-in required) - and ShopSavvy then digs the deep wide web for identical products, their pricing - and possible shopping alternatives.

Great idea and quite funny for some minutes. I imagined myself standing in front of some product, decoding the bar code and thereafter bargaining with the seller (and using the G1 as the perfect discussion base).

Because price comparison has never been easier I can also imagine that some shop owners will hate this application. Especially for highly-priced products such an online price comparison makes sense.

But let me come to my point: The idea "ShopSavvy" has really potential. Pricing is just one aspect. Product discussions and customer feedback ("What does other customers think about this product") may be the next step.

Finally, a world-wide product database (based on product barcodes) is not far away (idea copyrighted by TEC-IT ;-)): G1 users use ShopSavvy world-wide, they enter missing products (like a, entries are corrected and extended by other users - and voila: all products world-wide are available via bar-code. International pricing included.

Before I forget: The company NeoMedia claims (or at least tries to claim - I am not sure if this patent was rejected shortly) a patent (#6,651,053) which may cover parts of the original ShopSavvy idea.

Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

QR-Code Tags in Action

The site tags its download pages with QR-Codes created by the web-based barcode generator of TEC-IT.

This QR-code tags makes downloading and sharing of software really easy: Just decode the barcode with reader software for your mobile phone (e.g. barcode Scanner for Google G1) and navigate to the URL which is encoded in the symbol.

Never type URLS again ;-)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Freeware: 100% Free From Barcodes!

Check out freeware from TEC-IT: This social bookmarking webcontrol (ASP.NET 2.0 / C#) is available for web developers for free. Source-code is included!

Bar-Coded Student Attendance Forms

The Department of Industrial Engineering of the Bilkent University in Ankara (Turkey) is another user of TEC-IT's web-based barcode generator. The university uses the web based barcode generator in their protected web pages for print and managing student attendance forms.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cast Srl integrates TFORMer into their Products

Cast SRL is a young software company which operates with some Italian important food distribution companies. In their search for a slim but powerful output and barcode labeling solution they discovered TEC-IT's product TFORMer. Besides functional advantages, the main reason for choosing TFORMer was the attractive licensing scheme. Welcome!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Online 2D Barcode Generator

Another example for an application which is using the online barcode generator from TEC-IT. This time the European CARD Poker Challenge is using the barcode generator for (re-)printing tickets for the poker players.

The CARD Poker Challenge is the annual Casino Staff Poker Championship in Europe, organised by a team of crazy guys who decided to found the A.C.E. Association of Casinoemployees in Europe, in order to keep up the tradition of this popular event.