I'm looking for a PDA with a Barcode reader that will scan directly into a text feild within a webpage. Does anyone know of such a device?
Thanks, but anything more like a PDA, looking for somthing i can get on ebay cheaply if possible.
We have some Symbol MC35 devices here, which work ok. They're not brilliant, but they work. They have the usual limitations of a Windows Mobile 6 device, namely that the browser sucks and they're very ugly.
If you're interested in doing a bit of development work, you could use an android based phone, and develop a custom browser application which allows you to scan into text fields - you'd just need to tie it in to the built in barcode scanning functionality.
With laser/led scanners it is a very quick process to scan a barcode as you just have to point the scanning beam at the code and beep, done.
It depends how many barcodes you're going to be scanning. If, like us, you're only doing a few (asset management type stuff), then a camera based scanner is fine. If you're going to be scanning a lot, then you really want a proper scanner.
torledo (20th October 2009)
Socket Secure Digital Scan Card Series 3 - Barcode, Bar code, Scanner, SD Scan Card, SDSC Scan Card Series 3, SD Scanner
but they're expensive! (Had one at my last place and I don't think we paid hundreds for it; it just plugged into the SD slot on a Dell Axim PDA)
Netbook + webcam as a barcode scanner?
If you go for a netbook you may as well go for a usb barcode scanner.
I have a toshiba NB200 and Heron usb barcode scanner for asset management.
And if you're going for a the camera phone option - it might be worth looking into 2d barcodes if you don't have existing ones (much higher fault tolerance depending on the endcoding, and easier for a camera to read....)
Any of the multitude of 2D barcodes, yeah, never did brand names when I was looking at them Agree on the increased cost though... And into a text field on a web page would depend on what info you put on them - assuming you just want an asset number?
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