In nature, evolution is a process by which a species develops and diversifies over many generations through a selection of the most desirable traits for survival. The technological world functions much like this in that products are constantly modified and changed throughout the years in order to improve and select the features that are most appealing to the market. In recent times, we have seen the tablet undergo a major “evolution”, from humble beginnings to becoming the device of choice for many. This begs the question: Does the rise of the tablet pcs spell the end of the laptop? A device once thought revolutionary, the laptop has taken the backseat to the tablet, but when looking at the two, which one comes out on top?
Companies are constantly searching for ways to keep costs at a minimum and are finding that a major area of loss every year is the warehouse. Through simple errors such as short picks, over picks and mis-picks, companies squander hundreds of thousands of dollars every year through shoddy warehouse accuracy. The numbers may be insignificant when looked at individually, however the difference between 99.8% accuracy and 99.9%+ accuracy in the warehouse can result in substantial gains to the company.
Many organizations today deal with a large amount of merchandise that requires processing and transportation. Technology has come a long way in aiding these processes and vastly improving their accuracy whilst at the same time keeping the cost to the company at a minimum. The Intermec CK3X mobile computer is the latest innovation from Intermec. Through its adaptable and ergonomic design, the handheld computer can lead to increased productivity in the workplace whilst simultaneously being cost effective and simple to deploy.
On the way back from our Christmas holidays we stopped at Cann River for a driving break and some coffee at one of the local Cafes' . I noticed a man dressed in high visibility clothing walking around a public building obviously taking notes probably on the maintenance and condition of the visitors center he was carefully inspecting. Every time he noticed something of interest he would put his laptop on the ground, take a closer look, open a rusty door or inspect the flaky paint. He would then pick up the laptop, rest it on his left hand and using one finger search and destroy data entry technique with his right hand, painstakingly enter his report information....
When catching a train into the city, you are sure to notice the many billboards and advertising slogans designed to capture the attention of the commuter on his long and often uncomfortable commute to work. On one of my recent trips to the city however, I noticed a billboard that was out of the ordinary. It was a large billboard, easily visible from within the train. It said nothing, it didn’t have any catchy slogans or facts or statistics. It was just an enormous QR code. I couldn’t believe that a company would pay so much to simply have this code printed on a billboard, but it did open my eyes. From there, I started noticing QR codes everywhere. They’re in advertising, on leaflets, on bills and they’ve even been printed on a cupcake and minted on a country’s currency! It seems that the QR code is the next big thing in technology, but what exactly is it and how is it useful?