What is a Smart Glyph
SmartGlyph is a patented, advanced and unique action code technology that connects everything.
What is a Smart Glyph?
Smart Glyph is a patented, advanced and unique action code technology. Unlike traditional action codes such as barcodes or QR codes, Smart Glyphs are omni media, bi-directional, multi-state and fully interactive. Whereas a QR Code can complete one function per code, such as showing a YouTube video, the payload of a Smart Glyph is modular and unlimited.
Evolution of the Barcode
Here's the story of barcodes from concept to infinite posibilities.
Enter TruStrain with Smart Glyph technology – TruStrain begins to market their Smart Glyph patented technology, develop a multi-facetted platform which enables Smart Glyph to provide a “software only” technology. The payload of a Smart Glyph is unlimited and the conditional nature of a Smart Glyph allows the platform to determine who, when, where, can, can’t interact with that DNA Data Cluster – and if they can, WHAT they can do with it, dependant on conditional access protocols i.e. security. TruStrain’s Smart Glyph technology was NOT designed to do a specific function, in fact it was designed with an open architecture to allow it to do ANY function, paving the way to enhance almost every sector. TruStrain’s Smart Glyph technology: ONE SOLUTION, INFINITE POSSIBILITES.
QR codes are used almost everywhere, including websites, decorative items and signs. QR Codes Combine With GPS to Track Asset Location. A QR code can identify an item wherever it may be, but if the object moves to a different site, it has no way to see that. Integrating mobile GPS with the technique addresses the problem.
The demand for a better barcode continued when Snapchat introduced Snapcodes, the familiar “ghost icon,” which is essentially a designer QR code. The trend continued, when Johnnie Walker added NFC (Near Field Communications) tags to its Blue Label scotch, allowing consumers to interact with the bottle to access brand content.
Connected Packaging Shines - The advent of the smartphone was a game changer for QR codes as it enabled the masses and marketers to access the technology without having to buy dedicated scanners. According to some estimates, some 14 million people in the U.S. scanned a QR code with their smartphones' cameras. Major U.S. companies embraced the technology for marketing purposes from this year going forward.
QR codes begin to gain prominence in America thanks to some large company campaigns such as Best Buy and Macy’s.
QR Codes for Consumer Advertising Penetrate the U.S. QR reader apps for various mobile operating systems, such as Android, were available in the U.S. From then on, QR codes could appear on different forms of consumer advertising and promotions, from flyers and posters to magazines and newspapers. So, interested smartphone users could just scan a code using their smartphone to access digital resources or content, quickly. Scanning a QR code with a smartphone could accomplish several things, such as open a web portal or site, or append business card information to the phone's contact list.
Enter the smartphone QR code scanner - released for a variety of smartphone platforms in the US.
GS1 renames UPC/EAN/JAN barcodes to GTIN, hoping to end the confusion.
UPCC and EAN organizations merge, forming GS1 International.
Airlines introduce barcodes on boarding passes and use various upgrades throughout the years.
Micro QR Code Standardization in Japan - Denso Wave continued to refine QR code technology to address diverse as well as specific asset tagging and tracking requirements. So, the company developed micro QR codes, which were small enough for use with limited symbol sizes. These became a Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) in 2004.
80 to 90 percent of the top 500 companies in the United States use barcodes, according to Fortune magazine.
The FDA mandated the pharmaceutical companies barcode their medicines down to the unit of dose.
Palm released the first phone to be capable of web browsing.
QR Code is ISO Certified - QR codes' ISO certification in 2000 meant it had attained international acceptance as automatic identification and data capture technology. The development enabled creators of QR codes and scanning systems from all over the world to come up with compatible solutions based on a common global standard.
Enter the first smartphone - released by Ericsson, the R380. At this point, it had much more limited capabilities than smartphones seen today.
Japanese Industrial Standards registers QR codes.
Aztec Code has a square bull’s-eye for centering.
Data Matrix Code has high readability and used for making small items, like electronic components.
Enter QR Codes - A team of developers created by Toyota subsidiary, Denso Wave, introduced Quick Response or QR codes, which becomes the first barcode software invented for mobile computing. The technology could also encode more details that a single scan could decipher in a matter of milliseconds. QR codes are 2D, so they represent information in two directions: vertically and horizontally, allowing them to hold much more details than possible with 1D codes. The intended application was purely industrial, but the technology's capabilities and versatility inspired its gradual adoption in other industries, including consumer advertising.
Intermec Corp. creates the First 2D Barcode - Traditional barcodes are one dimensional, meaning that they encode information in one direction. They have a limited storage capacity (up to 20 characters), and they can only code alphanumeric characters. Their inherent limitations informed the search for improvements.
Companies like FedEx began using barcode and handheld scanners to track packages.
33 percent of grocery stores are equipped with barcode scanners.
Code 93 improves on Code 39, not quite reaching the versatility of Code 128.
The United States Postal Service adopted the POSTNET barcode system.
Normand at Scan Tech in Dallas, Texas, introduces the first CCD scanner.
Code 128 supports full ASCII out of the box.
The United States Department of Defense begins using the code to identify all items made for the military.
Barcode Adoption Spreads - As more players in retail sectors like grocery, electronics, and textile adopted barcode scanning systems, the utility of the technology expanded. Scanners began capturing much more than just product model, size, or pricing information. The system gave retailers the ability to harness scanned data to build customer profiles and develop loyalty reward plans quickly.
Japan adopts the EAN and calls it JAN
EAN adds additional leading digit to UPC to support multiple countries outside of USA.
Dr. David Allais creates Code 39, the first alphanumeric barcode.
At a Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio, a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum is the first retail product sold using a barcode scanner.
Enter the Retail Barcode - The Universal Product Code (UPC) is introduced, setting the stage for barcodes to take off.
A committee called the Uniform Grocery Product Code recommends barcode technology should be used on all products throughout the United States.
Interleaved 2 of 5 code is invented for marking corrugated shipping containers and casino tickets.
RCA begins an 18-month test of a bull’s-eye barcode system in a Kroger store in Cincinnati.
The Universal Grocery Products Identification Code (or UGPIC) was created to standardize the industry. The Monarch Marking company manufactures the first bar code reading equipment for retail use.
Computer Identics Corporation installs the first true barcode systems at General Motors and General Trading Company facilities.
Just a year later, the Association of American Railroads adopts the barcode and barcode scanner and uses it on its whole fleet of equipment.
The Search for a Universal Product Code (UPC) - The development of a workable UPC was necessary before mass commercialization of barcodes could become viable. So, in 1966, the National Association of Food Chains (NAFC) invited and started receiving submissions for a UPC standard that would apply uniformly across the U.S. retail industry. The barcode would encode product details including name, manufacturer, and price.
The barcode sees its first commercial use with The National Association of Food Chains using them to decrease checkout times, although lack of industry standard caused problems.
Silver passes away at age 38, before the commercialization of the barcode and barcode scanner.
Bull’s-eye code is the spiritual ancestor of the UPC
Both the barcode and the barcode scanner receive patents, later purchased by Philco and sold to RCA, an American electronics company.
Woodland and Silver file for a patent.
Two college students, Bernard Silver and Joseph Woodland, overhear a request made to the head of their school while attending a food fair. Silver Overhears a conversation posing an interesting engineering challenge. The challenge wasn't originally his, but Bernard Silver took an interest in research on technology that could automatically capture product information during checkout. He had earlier overheard the head of a dominant food chain and a dean talking about the problem. He later shared the challenge with Norman Joseph Woodland, his classmate at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Woodland drew his first barcodes on the sand with his fingers. He created a series of lines of varying width, which he read using optical soundtracks technology. Morse code inspired his ideas, telling the Smithsonian magazine in 1999, "I poked my four fingers into the sand and for whatever reason — I didn't know — I pulled my hand toward me and drew four lines. I said: 'Golly! Now I have four lines, and they could be wide lines and narrow lines instead of dots and dashes."
1930 - 1940
The concept of a linear bar code is first discussed and developed
Punch cards are used to help during that year’s Census.