the origins of 1940s bar code technologies

slightly random perhaps, but interesting:

Amoore writes that “the origins of 1940s bar code technologies lie in the
communication techniques of Morse code. Historical records of early bar code techniques describe a graduate student, Joseph Woodland, marking the dots and dashes of Morse code into the sand on a beach as he thought through a research problem of how to identify a product at a check-out. Extending the dots and dashes to two-dimensional wide and narrow lines in the sand, Woodland later successfully patented the first binary barcode system.” (p.59)

Ref: Louise Amoore (2009) AlgorithmicWar: Everyday Geographies of the War on Terror. Antipode Vol. 41 No. 1, pp.49-69


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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