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Old 07-23-2007, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone out there ever hear/see/code anything capable of converting an image taken by a camera (likely jpg) into meaningful bar code data.

I have a PPC device that has a camera mounted and can take a picuture of a bar code and give me the data applicable.

I want to do the same with a BB.
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Old 07-23-2007, 04:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like the BB app would have to be able know how to open the image file and how to process the image format to recognize the bar code somewhere in the image. Sounds possible, but like you said it sure would be helpful if the PPC software was available to start from.

Sure would be a good challenge for one of the developer sites (maybe even RIM) to through out to the developer community to chew on...

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could likely be done using a J2ME app, but i read previously that the 'berry's camera APN hasn't been released, so third party apps don't have access (yet).

there was a QR Code reader java app i came across (somewhere), and while it did install and load on my pearl, it could not interface with the camera to capture the image, or translate an existing image.
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You could just use a bluetooth barcode scanner and collect the data into a J2ME app.
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One thing I've noticed is that even with the 8300 and the 2 Mpixel camera using the "Superfine"/Large image/B&W settings, pictures of bar codes are pretty fuzzy. It was hard to visually see some of the separation between bars, but I'm not sure if reading the image file with code would be able to "see" the image data better.

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I think the original question about using the camera was meant to avoid having to use/purchase additional equipment.
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Using the camera to capture and decode a barcode works just fine. I use it presently and although it's not as fast as a commercial bluetooth barcode scanner, the convenience of not having to carry yet another accessory is great. There are quite a few apps available that do this, you just have to do a bit of googling to find the one that suits you and the type of barcode you wish to decode.

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Old 07-25-2007, 03:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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baltee, what software are you running on the BB to process the barcode?
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I understood the original question. My point is the Baracoda make a terrific bluetooth barcode scanner and if the user needs to scan barcodes in the field it is a simpler solution than trying to use recognition software on the backend to update a database, etc.

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One thing I've noticed is that even with the 8300 and the 2 Mpixel camera using the "Superfine"/Large image/B&W settings, pictures of bar codes are pretty fuzzy. It was hard to visually see some of the separation between bars, but I'm not sure if reading the image file with code would be able to "see" the image data better.

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I think the original question about using the camera was meant to avoid having to use/purchase additional equipment.
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Im using the QR Code reader from jaxo. Activate the application, snap a photo and let it run. You will then have the decoded information.

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