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Wouldn’t it be cool if… you could scan your dinner?

I just got back from South by Southwest (SXSW if you’re from Austin) and couldn’t help but notice that mobile barcodes are quickly on the rise. Some years ago, barcodes seemed to be used to simply scan groceries or track mailed packages. Nowadays, people are using mobile barcodes to monitor their caloric intake (scanning the […]

I just got back from South by Southwest (SXSW if you’re from Austin) and couldn’t help but notice that mobile barcodes are quickly on the rise. Some years ago, barcodes seemed to be used to simply scan groceries or track mailed packages. Nowadays, people are using mobile barcodes to monitor their caloric intake (scanning the barcode on their lunch) or to find discounted prices (scanning things like a book or a bottle of wine). Companies all over seem to be embracing the ability to convey mass amounts of information in a matter of seconds.

*Wouldn’t it be cool if *restaurants started doing this? Imagine a tiny barcode next to your favorite menu item that you (or your server) could quickly scan to access nutritional values or a complete list of ingredients. “Is this dish gluten free?” ::scan:: “Yes.” Simple as that. And the possibilities don’t stop here. The scan could even include customer reviews or comments, allowing restaurant guests to see if their server’s favorite dish is indeed popular with the masses.

Has anyone else noticed the mobile barcode trend? Do you think restaurants would ever consider this?

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