Barcodes have been going strong for a number of years, but a new challenger could emerge thanks to the work of scientists at MIT. The technology, called bokode, will be demonstrated at next month's Siggraph conference in New Orleans. The researchers' newly created optical tag is capable of storing a million times more data than a similarly sized barcode and comes without the privacy risks of RFID tags.
According to I4U News, bokodes can be read from an angle and from 12 feet away by a cell phone camera. The technology has the possibility to up the ante for pervasive computing. Currently, bokodes cost $5 to produce, but new versions of the technology could be cut down to as little as five cents to manufacture, reports Digital Trends.