View Full Version : Free CueCat reader
09-11-2000, 06:05 PM
it is a devise that allows you to scan in a bar code or something from a magazine ad and it will take you directly to thier website... something like that.
09-11-2000, 06:08 PM
shipping is like $9.95 or so though....
09-11-2000, 06:15 PM
Uh... you can pick one up at Radio Shack.. and this deal is pretty old...
09-11-2000, 06:20 PM
Sorry, i did a search before i posted it and didnt come up with anything, i been here since june, first i seen it. My appologies.
I got one from radio shack about 2 weeks ago. I also got a second one from Wired magazine. They are using this technology in there at least for a couple of issues
09-11-2000, 07:28 PM
I got this thing from my local RadioShack and played with it for about 10 minutes. I quickly realized that unless you scanned something in the RS catalog, it was pretty useless. Did add an spooky red glow to my desk though. :)
Even when it's free, it's not worth much.
yeah, that scanner kind of pissed me off. Just got one from Wired, and the only thing it works for is to scan bar codes in advertisements. (taking you to the advertiser's website).
Along with the scanner they sent me a cable that I was supposed to hook up between the TV sound output and the microphone input on the computer. Apparently, when there are certain advertismemnts on TV, a signal will automatically be sent from the TV to my computer and load the webpage that the advertiser decided.
A lot of technology, but what's in it for me?
The cable will come in handy for something else though :-)
09-12-2000, 03:26 AM
I got one at RS, too. Haven't messed with it at all because I am waiting for someone to come up with som ingenious idea so this little pussy can do some good for me. :)
Forbes magazine also started using them.
(Yeah I read Forbes and Got Apex... heheh).
09-12-2000, 09:05 PM
I found it kinda useful. Any bar code works and if they don't recognize the program, you can insert the info. Otherwise it takes you to the manufacturers website.
09-13-2000, 12:55 AM
Unlike the basic free CueCat I picked up at Radio Shack, the free one that Wired Magazine sent to me has an extra item with it -- a 20 foot extension cable to help you hook the CueCat up between the PC and TV set.
09-13-2000, 01:27 PM
Never got the CueCat, but got my Wired magazine with a letter saying it was mailed a few weeks ago... I guess I swing by Radio Shack...
You can usually test out barcode readers by opening something like Notpad scanning in something and there is the barcode in notepad or whatever application. You could even make your own barcodes if you download the font and make macros to open websites,applications,whatever...
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