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July 21, 2014

Socket Mobiles Reveals Smallest and Lightest Bluetooth Scanner Yet

Socket Mobile, the manufacturer of barcode scanners for Android, iOS and Windows devices, has announced its smallest and lightest scanner yet.

From the Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) range, the Bluetooth cordless 8Qi scanner can scan 1D and 2D QR codes and loyalty cards, and is about the size of a credit card and weighs less than two ounces. Socket Mobile claims that it will “increase productivity in mobile business applications”.

“It can be attached to most smartphones including the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and Samsung S4 devices in a ‘sled type’ configuration solution,” says Socket on its newest product. It also recommends attaching it to a lanyard for easy carrying and accessing. “The 8Qi slips neatly into your pocket and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand when attached to a smartphone.”

The company has also released a software developer’s kit (SDK) for developers to sink their teeth into, which supports this new CHS scanner. The SDK requires an annual fee.

Socket Mobile describes its products as ideal for high-end retailing and ticketing services and making transactions mobile and easy to transport, providing a secure connection of up to 10 meters.

This new scanner has been “made with antimicrobial plastics to provide an extra layer of protection to the device against the spread of potentially harmful microbes.”

Socket Mobile was founded in 1992 to provide technology and services to the retail sector including point of sale services. The company then expanded into healthcare and other mobile markets.

“Our portfolio includes wireless handheld and hands-free barcode scanners for tablets and smartphones; durable handheld computers and accessories; and OEM solutions for the mobile device market,” said a company representative.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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