Six months ago, I braved the company of my fellow citizens to do a bit of research on where barcodes are located on products. You can find that post here, and it is still serving me well today as I continue to add new things to my pantry. However, we’ve also spent the last six months making improvements to our barcode reader within Supersense itself to give you the best experience. Here’s the rundown.
First, we aded the ability to label your own barcodes. If you know what something is but can’t find it in our database, it’s now possible for you to enter the item in yourself! We’re always looking to expand our products database, but it’s entirely possible that we won’t always have everything. Now you can fill in the gaps by adding your most used products on your device. This works for any unrecognized barcodes, which means you can also use custom barcodes that you have attached to products, appliances, or anything at all.
Next, we improved the way that the camera sees barcodes. Before, it was looking for the barcode in a very specific way, and we’ve broadened that so you’re able to find the barcode faster. In my personal experience, I start by holding the phone a foot away from the product. Once you hear Supersense beeping, that means it’s seen the edge of a barcode, and you can move the phone slightly closer to the product like you’re zooming in on the barcode. This typically results in a quick, easy scan.
As a refresher, when scanning products, the barcode can usually be found in the following locations for each type of product.
In case you didn’t know, our barcode reader provides information on what the product is, of course, and the brand, ingredients, and nutritional facts. Feel free to let us know if you have any issues with the barcode reader, and we’re always looking for ideas and feedback on how to improve it.
We’d love to have a conversation. If you are a part of the blind and visually impaired community, you’d like to be part of our mission, or share your ideas and collaborate with us, get in touch with us.
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