updated 07:25 pm EDT, Tue October 12, 2010
Tracks inventory, assets via barcodes
IntelliScanner, makers of handheld barcode scanners for home and business, have added the IntelliScanner Soho 150 to their lineup, aimed at small business owners who want to track inventory, media and assets simply. The scanner features a 4,000-scan capacity storage chip, allowing it to be used wirelessly, and includes software to create inventories or media databases, as well as working with many popular database programs.
The scanner uses standard AAA batteries and stores read barcodes on a storage chip, or will scan "live" into supported programs when connected via USB cord. Despite the small-business focus, the lightweight scanner can also be used for home inventory or media management, and works with programs both professional and consumer-oriented, from XSilva's LightSpeed point-of-sale software to FileMaker and Bento to Microsoft Office and Delicious Library. Because it uses the Mac's built-in HID infrastructure for for USB, it does not require drivers and works with almost any program that can use USB scanning peripherals -- such as kitchen, wine and comic-book databases.
The Inventory software included in the package can provide detailed reports of assets, including notifications when stock runs low and estimated values.
IntelliScanner Soho 150 retails for $299 and comes with a metal "cube" package that includes a USB cable, pre-printed asset tags for items without barcodes, and software on disk for Mac and PC. The software requires 10.4 or higher for Mac and XP or higher for Windows.