Galaxy S4

Following up on Samsung's announcement today, Mobeam is saying that its barcode transmission technology is going to be integrated into the Galaxy S4 software. Mobeam's patented technology allows phones to mimic the characteristics of a standard 1-D barcode so that laser scanners used in most POS (Point Of Sale) systems can read them. Typically these laser scanners can't read smart phone screens, so Mobeam gets around this by having the device send pulses of light that mimic the reflection of scanning a barcode. It's pretty technical (and secretive, naturally) but the end result is that the phone can store barcodes for coupons, gift cards, event tickets and more.

This is an interesting development considering Samsung just announced its Wallet app at MWC, which aims to offer tickets, membership passes and coupons on devices. We could see Samsung integrating this Mobeam software solution into an app like Wallet to offer better payment options. We'll have a better idea of Samsung's plans once we dive deeper into the software on the Galaxy S4.

Source: Mobeam (BusinessWire); Mobeam

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There are 10 comments

garfnodie says:

This is the probably the most interesting thing about the GS4, everything else such as the processor, ram, display, is just iterative, nothing really that unexpected.

Anthonyfear says:

Oh yeah! Because I really want to hand my expensive smart phone to cashiers and shop staff!

bumpandrun says:

Why would you had it to them? They almost all have the guns now. I use my keyring app on my Evo everywhere I go. It's great.

bumpandrun says:

There are VERY FEW scanners anymore that won't read my keyring app on my original Evo with a 3 year old screen protector that is scratched pretty bad. This technology is late to the party.

garfnodie says:

I could never get barcode readers to read my Nexus 1 or GS2, screen protector or not.

illdini says:

Did you try making your screen brighter? That solved my barcode issues.

garfnodie says:

My dad had a GS2 as well, and before that he had the Evo 4g and he could never get barcodes to read from his screens either. We both gave up trying some time ago. We both got the GS2's at the same time, and we figured that maybe it would finally work since the GS2 has the newer amoled displays and had nice deep blacks, but no luck, dim or bright.

still1 says:

I lol'ed when i saw that POS. I mean Piece of ...

toddjy says:

Sounds interesting. But I'll worry about stuff like that when it becomes the norm and not the exception. What I would like to do is use my phone to get into my work building, but my One S doesn't have NFC. Hate having to take my badge out of its protector to get into the building and then into the elevators every day.

morganman says:

Can we just add a barcode generator into the phone, like this:
http://www.onbarcode.com/products/android_barcode/