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Micro-barcodes get more cryptic

An innovative device for reading micro-barcodes using a non-laser light source has been developed.
Micro-barcodes get more cryptic
Since the device operates with commercially available light sources, no laser or moving parts are required. The technology supporting the device consists of optical coherence tomography, which has been tested and is uncomplicated, immediate, efficient and precise.

The secure, forgery-proof deep (vertical) micro-barcodes are engraved or etched into the substance of the packaging material and therefore, they cannot be manipulated. Furthermore, the barcodes cannot be destroyed or falsified and are almost invisible on the material's surface. Although they are small, a large quantity of information can be kept in minimal space. Thus because they are discrete yet compact, they can be used for a wide array of products including luxury items, medical samples, medical data and weapons registry. They are also excellent for brand name protection and anti-piracy.

The inventors are interested in respective forms of collaboration with manufacturers and users of barcode technology in order to further develop the device or explicate the technology.
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