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A Super Cat model NBR 104 micro barcode reader from Neorex.

The "Super Cat" (「スーパーキャット」, NBR 104) is a barcode reader device manufactured by Neorex and bundled with Pippin Atmark consoles in a rental package that was offered by J-DATA.[1][2] Some units were deployed with Pippin consoles for use by Japanese businesses, such as stores operated by Kosé (コーセー).[3]

Functionality[]

The handheld device attached through a control box to the AppleJack port of the console.[4] It could scan barcodes 1/20th the size of conventional ones used on retail merchandise.[5]

Releases[]

This version of WebViewer was bundled with software to use the Super Cat reader.

From 1997 to 1999, J-DATA offered a Pippin Atmark console with 33.6 kbps modem, wireless AppleJack controller, a Super Cat barcode reader, and a subscription to J.D.Press magazine, in a rental package for a monthly fee of JP¥ 6,800. Each month, the magazine offered listings of 300 websites that could be scanned through the Super Cat to avoid manually entering the URL.[6][2] J-DATA published 17 issues of the magazine through August 26, 1997.[7] A Homepage Guide (ホームページガイド) with URLs and barcodes for 1000 websites was also published in April 1997 for subscribers.[8]

The Super Cat was available separately for JP¥ 39,800 (US$ 349).[5] Neorex also produced other models with additional features such as wireless and speaking capabilities.[1]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 MINI BARCODE, Neorex. Archived 1998-05-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 バーコードリーダ スーパーキャット (Japanese) by MAISON PiPPiN, GeoCities. Archived 1999-01-28.
  3. Developer News Letter No.8 (Japanese), Pippin ATMARK Developer Support Center. 1996-12-15.
  4. Micro Barcode Reader "Super Cat" NBR 104 (Japanese), Neorex. Archived 1999-05-08.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Web Users Save Work, Head for Bars, The Nikkei Weekly. 1996-06-16. Archived 1998-05-25.
  6. PiPPiN Rental (Japanese), J-DATA. Archived 1997-07-09.
  7. Vol.17 (Japanese), J.D.Press, J-DATA. 1996-08-26. Archived 1999-05-08.
  8. ホームページガイド (Japanese) by MAISON PiPPiN, GeoCities. Archived 1999-02-22.

See also[]

External links[]

  • Neorex official website (Japanese, archived 1999-01-17)
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