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WhaleTech: Samsung S4, ok fine. But most reviews missed this

via The Verge

via The Verge

Amidst the new hardware and software inside Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 is one feature that emulates some decidedly old-school technology: the bar code.

Thanks to “light-based communications” technology from a company called Mobeam, the Galaxy S4 uses pulses of infrared light to essentially fool traditional scanners into thinking the light represents a barcode.

The reason I and others probably overlooked that as a useful new feature (apart from the nerdy coolness of it), is because it’s hard to see why you would be beaming bar codes at the supermarket checkout.

But then the light came on.

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