I thought i’d interrupt the current series of blogs to pay our respects to Normal Joseph Woodland, who passed away on Friday 14th December at the grand old age of 91. Norman worked with Bernard Silver came up with the idea of the barcode, way back in the 1940’s with the original patent for the concentric circle “Bulls Eye” barcode being made in 1949.
However the barcode was way ahead of its time and whilst it was a great way to ID products an efficient reading system was the challenge and it wasn’t until the early 1970’s when Woodland joined IBM in order to develop and use a laser based scanning system. It was at this point the barcode system took the stage!
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