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Laser barcode scanners transformed inventory tracking and shopping trips.


Laser Scanning Barcodes

In 1974, Spectra-Physics (now Datalogic Scanning) built the first commercial barcode scanner which included a helium-neon laser, 52 mirrors and weighed 112 lbs. (50.8 kg).

The evolution of Laser Scanning Barcodes over three decades created a ubiquitous tracking tool used everywhere from hospitals to department stores. (Photo:

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