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Interesting Data Matrix and Barcode Facts

Tuesday, 17th December 2013

1. The Kraays of Alberta, Canada, managed to carve the world's largest QR code into a corn maze at their farm. Measuring 309,570 square feet, the code is one of a series of annual corn mazes devised by the family, which received a certificate from the Guinness World Records in 2012.

2. More than 5 billion barcodes are read every day around the globe!

3. The first product ever scanned with a bar code was a pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Gum in Ohio in June 1874.

4. The QR code (Quick Response) was first created in Japan in 1994. It is a 2 dimensional barcode readable by camera phones. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.

5. QR codes don't have to be black and white As long as the contrast between the dark and the light areas is great enough for your camera phone to read.

6. The maximum capacity for an ECC-200 Data Matrix code is up to 3116 numeric characters or up to 2335 alphanumeric characters or up to 1555 bytes of binary information in a symbol 144 modules square.

7. Due to the way a data matrix is encoded, and with built in error correction, a code can normally be ready with up to 20% damage to the code.

8. A data matrix code can be small enough to fit on a pin head.

9. Did you know that you can read a data matrix code back to front.

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