The first patent for a barcode was issued to inventors Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver on October 7, 1952. Ever since its first commercial use in 1966, barcodes have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. From UPC codes on grocery items, to RFID tags on shipping pallets, barcodes enable tracking of products, assets, and people.
Different barcode symbologies have been developed over the years to solve problems specific to various industries. Retail, manufacturing, and healthcare industries, for example, have different applications and industry standards. So although many of us are familiar with barcodes in general, the different types of barcodes are unique and have evolved to meet a specific need.
Here’s a quiz to test your knowledge of barcodes. See if you can identify all 10 before looking up the answers here!