What are barcode scanner modules?
Barcode scanner modules are electronic devices that can recognise and decode barcodes on various media. The scanned data can then be forwarded to a computer or microcontroller such as the Arduino via an interface such as RS232 or USB. Barcode scanner modules are usually very compact and easy to use and can be integrated into a variety of applications, such as POS systems, inventory management and logistics.
How do barcode scanner modules work?
Barcode scanners work by focusing a barcode with a lens and then scanning it with a beam of light (e.g., a visible laser). This light beam is interrupted when it hits the black and white areas of the barcode, resulting in a sequence of light and dark signals.
These signals are detected by a photodetector and converted into electrical signals that are analyzed by an integrated processor. The processor uses an algorithm to decode the light and dark signals into the original data encoded in the barcode.
Some modern barcode scanners also use cameras instead of lasers and photodetectors. The camera takes a photo of the barcode, which is analyzed by an integrated processor to extract the stored data.
What Maker projects can be realised with this?
Makers can use barcode scanner modules to read data from barcodes and incorporate it into their projects. These modules can be used in a variety of applications such as:
- Inventory systems:
Simple and quick verification of item information
- Point-of-sale systems:
Processing of products through fast scanning of barcodes
Tracking deliveries and managing stock levels
Monitoring and tracking of production steps
The use of barcode scanner modules makes it easier for you to automate data collection and processing, which saves time and is efficient.