Speak, bar code, speak

If bar codes could talk, what would they say? Anything at all, if Kosaido Co. Ltd. in Japan and software developer Original Design Inc. have their way. The companies have a 2D bar code system capable of holding 800 words, and they’re promoting it as an advertising model. Users simply scan the black and white bits of bar code with a companion “Speechio” reader (which is about the size of an ostrich egg) and hear or read the ubiquitous “more information” about advertised products or articles in magazines.