50 years of innovation

There has been 50 years for many significant technical innovations at the moment or just passed. For example there mobile phones and bar codes are now 50 years old. Also there is 50 years from the time people visited moon. Here are some news links related to them.

The Matrix phone to the iPhone – and that unforgettable ringtone: 50 moments in 50 years since first mobile call
To mark 50 years since the first mobile phone call, here are 50 moments that got us to where we are.

50 years since first mobile phone call – BBC News

50 years since first cellphone call, engineer looks back at milestone

NASA announces crew for first trip back to the moon in over 50 years
Three men and one woman have been selected for NASA’s next planned flight to the moon. For the first time ever, the crew of astronauts headed for the moon include a woman and a Black man. Mark Strassmann reports.

The barcode turns 50 years old – a new one is coming
Viivakoodi täyttää 50 vuotta – uusi tulossa

The bar code, developed to speed up product logistics, just turned 50. They are scanned more than 10 billion times a day and are used by numerous commercial and industrial companies to increase the efficiency, reliability and transparency of their operations. A new generation barcode version is also coming.

The barcode behind the invention of logistics, introduced by the GS1 organization in 1973, has also largely changed the way we shop. The business sped up significantly when, instead of typing the prices, the products could be scanned quickly at the cash register.

Today, the barcode symbol is already on more than a billion products, and products are identified with it in 150 countries. The “beep” at the cash register is known all over the world precisely for the automatic reading. And while all barcodes may look the same, the power lies within them.

At the end of 2020, GS1 started the transition from traditional barcodes to new generation barcodes together with key players in the grocery trade. More than 20 countries and territories, including the United States, China, Australia and Brazil, have already implemented successful pilots. In Finland, GS1 has started preparations for the introduction of the GS1 2D code.


  1. Shakib says:

    Wow, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in the last 50 years with technical innovations like mobile phones, barcodes, and space exploration! Exciting to see a new generation barcode version coming too. Congrats to all involved!


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