A third type of barcode reader, no longer very popular, is the pen or wand. This device is much like a large pen that is pressed to the bar code label and then dragged across. The wand can read in either direction. Wands can only read 1 dimensional barcodes like Code 39, or UPC A. These can be useful in offices where the bar codes are generally printed on paper documents. Wands are the least expensive and take up little space. As a rule, it is difficult to use a wand on a curved surface. The technology used in wands may work well with black and white barcode labels, but not with color labels.
For advice on the selection and installation of a barcode reader we recommend consulting with a local Value Added Reseller (VAR).
YouTube Video's that illustrate how to make labels and bar codes:
Written by Craig Aberle
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