A dot code is a 2D barcode symbology composed of disconnected dots. It is widely used in the tobacco industry. Recently, Dynamsoft rolled out barcode reader SDK v7.4, which added DotCode support. In this post, I will share a command-line app and a GUI app, demonstrating how to build Java DotCode reader on Windows 10.Read more
While using laptops, sometimes you may want to disable the built-in webcam for some reasons, such as security or debugging webcam related programs. Not like a USB webcam, the built-in camera is unpluggable. Therefore, a general way is to open the device manager, find the camera, and disable it. To save time, we can create PowerShell scripts to toggle camera status quickly.Read more
In Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK, there is a fancy webcam barcode sample called BarcodeReaderDemo that supports reading barcodes from disk files, TWAIN-compatible hardware scanners, and USB webcams. However, one thing you have to know is the functionality of acquiring images from peripheral devices relies on Dynamic .NET TWAIN, which is also charged. Fortunately, the image viewer library and image codecs library are free to use. In this article, I will share how to remove the scanner module from the project and use DirectShow for webcam control.Read more
If you want to quickly create a walking robot, you can use the Lego Boost. In this post, I will share how to use a webcam, Lego Boost, and Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK to make a robot for scanning barcodes. The programming language used in this article is Python.
For the past week, I was looking for a live streaming solution to broadcast video from a USB webcam that connects to Raspberry Pi. This post will help you set up a live streaming server on Raspberry Pi step by step.
Previously, I wrote an article Raspberry Pi Barcode Scanner with Webcam and Python illustrating how to build a simple barcode scanner using Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK and OpenCV from scratch. The method decodeFile() was used for detecting barcodes from an image file. To use the API, you have to write image buffer that obtained by OpenCV API to a file beforehand. Because the I/O operation takes too much time, this API is not suitable for real-time barcode detection from webcam video stream. Considering this scenario, I have added a new Python API decodeBuffer(). In this article, I will illustrate how to create and use the new API.
C# is the preferred programming language for developing Windows applications. However, Microsoft only provides .NET camera APIs for UWP applications. If you plan to write a classic Windows desktop application using a webcam, it will be complicated to create a C/C++ wrapper for DirectShow Win32 APIs. Dynamic .NET TWAIN is an SDK that supports programming for both scanner and webcam. In this article, you will see how easy to build a webcam application with the SDK. In addition, you can learn how to detect and recognize barcodes from the video stream with Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK.