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ScanLife adds 2D barcode scan to iPhone

updated 12:50 am EDT, Thu August 14, 2008

ScanLife for iPhone

Scanbuy on Wednesday unveiled ScanLife, a new iPhone application that allows users to create and scan 2D barcodes that link users to websites, products, and services. ScanLife can automatically launch any URL, as well as any iTunes page or YouTube video when connected to WiFi. Barcodes can be embedded on advertisements, TV shows, and other media. The software itself requires an account with Scanbuy, but carries no cost for either ScanLife or the subscription.

"The iPhone represents a reinvention of the mobile phone that seeks to enable better navigation and easier access to information, making it perfectly compatible with Scanbuy's objectives," said Jonathan Bulkeley, Chief Executive Officer of Scanbuy. "We are committed to expanding 2D barcode usage, and iPhone compatibility is a significant step in engaging key mobile adopters and reaching millions of new consumers worldwide."

Scanlife is currently available from the iTunes App Store.

by MacNN Staff



  1. TheBum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    CueCat revisited?

    This sounds awfully reminiscent of CueCat back in the late 90s/early 00s. CueCat bombed big-time. It'll be interesting to see if ScanLife suffers the same fate.

  1. godrifle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Proprietary barcodes...

    Seems it only recognizes a proprietary barcode. Useless, therefore. If it recognizes the more ubiquitous QR Code, then it would be sweet!

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    CueCat indeed

    Very little utility. Hopefully, this might inspire someone to create a barcode scanning utility, using built-in camera, that will recognise EAN 13, 3 of 9 and such. If one could integrate such utility into human interface API, they could easily develop POS terminal app and finally replace those mobile devices they currently use in Apple stores for roving checkout staff.

  1. streetstylz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Try The NeoReader

    For starters, ScanLife can only read and decipher proprietary EZcodes. Unfortunately the ScanLife application offers no support for 1D UPC/EAN barcodes, or Data Matrix, Aztec, or QR codes. This is the major downfall of the application, since it only supports one proprietary 2D symbology. As a result, ScanLife is not a true universal code reader.

    For those wanting a much more intuitive mobile code reading experience, I highly recommend the NeoReader application from NeoMedia Technologies. The NeoReader is able to read and decipher all common non-proprietary 2D codes (Data Matrix, QR, Aztec) as well as URL embedded 2D codes and all 1D UPC/EAN/Code 128 open source codes. The NeoReader supports direct and indirect code linking, which guarantees maximum interoperability with already existing platforms like 2D Data Matrix Semacodes, and Japanese QR links. This allows the user to click on a variety of barcodes with a single application installed on their mobile device.

    Download the NeoReader and instantly transform your iPhone into a universal code reader.

  1. oldguh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone Reviews

    I suspect that ScanLife's app will be very unsuccessful, because it doesn't use any alignment grid to assist the user. For reviews of better scanning iphone applications, see



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