Microsoft has created a new type of barcode that is based on colours rather than the current black-and-white technology. By using various colour combinations it will be possible to store more data in the codes than can be done today.
Microsoft said it doesn't want to replace the current barcodes but instead create a complementing system that will be able to take on larger amounts of information. The company quoted CD and DVD jewel cases, and computer games as two likely areas where the new barcodes will be used.
The new barcode technology, called the High Capacity Color Bar Code, has already been approved by the International Standard Audiovisual Number system.
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