Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bluetooth Barcode Scanner - Cut the Cord!

For a long time, I was looking for a good and reliable wireless barcode scanner that would allow me to scan my library of books without needing to lug around my notebook. Once the barcodes (ISBN) of the books are scanned they can then be offloaded in bulk to my PC. I then automate the cataloging process by calling the Amazon.com Web service. The Symbol LS4278 fits the bill perfectly. The Symbol LS4278 is a Bluetooth Class 2 device that supports the Serial Port and HID profiles. One of the scenarios is using it in a warehouse environment where you need to run about scanning all the barcodes. When you are back in your office, you can then transfer the collected barcodes wirelessly (through Bluetooth) to your PC.

I will be showing how to interface the LS4278 scanner with your .NET application in the Aug run of the Windows Mobile 5.0 Programming course.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Device Simulator for Windows SideShow

Microsoft has made the SideShow Simulator available as an download for those of you who want to experience SideShow but without the necessary hardware. Previously, you have to install the Windows Vista SDK in order to run the SideShow Simulator. But now, you can simply download it as a standalone version.

Check it out today!