Users of this software were required to register with their ZIP code , gender, and email address. The CueCat is widely described as a commercial failure. The New York Times. Digital Convergence registered the domain “digitaldemographics. This gizmo is on the cutting edge of e-marketing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. CueCats were also bulk mailed unsolicited to certain mailing lists , such as subscribers of Forbes and Wired magazines.

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Cuecat USB

Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Hackers argued that the changes did not apply retroactively to devices that had been purchased under older versions of the license, and that the thousands of users who received unsolicited CueCats in the mail had neither agreed to nor were legally bound by the license.

Then when you scan a bar code, the scanner will return just the bar code data, not the big chunk of garbled stuff that Digital Convergence spits out. This gizmo is on the cutting edge of e-marketing.

Retrieved 14 November This registration process enabled the device to deliver relevant content to a single or multiple users in a household. For this reason, and because the demographic market targeted by Digital Convergence was unusually tech-savvy, numerous websites arose detailing instructions for “declawing” the CueCat — blocking or encrypting the data it sent to Digital Convergence.


Codes can no longer be generated for the device. Retrieved from ” https: The CueCat bar codes also appeared in select Verizon Yellow Pages, providing scnaner a link to additional information.

The New York Times. While we find the CueCat an interesting toy after all, we do sell barcode softwareit has been relegated to a footnote in the history of barcodes and auto ID. For a time, RadioShack included these barcodes in svanner product catalogs and distributed CueCat devices through its retail chain to customers at no charge. Retrieved November 7, The data format was proprietaryand was scrambled so the barcode data could not be read as plain text.

Cited at Slashdot forum. No lawsuit was ever brought against “hackers,” as this tactic was not employed to go after specific users or the hacker community, but to show “reasonable assertion” that would prevent a corporation from developing integrated software within an operating system or browser which cuecah take over the device and circumvent the CRQ watchdog software and therefore revenue model that Digital Convergence employed.

Azalea Software’s Jerry Whiting went on the record at the time with his perspective cuecah this Seattle Weekly story. Archived from the original on From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The CueCat was invented by J. Some of us looked at the CueCat and knew it could be modded into a general purpose bar code scanner. That’s unnatural and ridiculous.


CueCat barcode scanners

Something To Do With Interwebs”. The company asserted that the ability of the device to direct users to a specific URL, rather than a domain name, was valuable. In this way, a user could be directed scannfr a web page containing related information without having to enter a URL.

CueCat, a free barcode scanner from a now-defunct company named Digital Convergence. Patterns of surveillance on the world wide web”.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Computing input devices Computer-related introductions in Because of the weak obfuscation of the data, meant only to protect the company under DMCA guidelines like the DVD protection Content Scramble Systemcueat software for decoding the CueCat’s output quickly appeared on the Internet, followed by a plethora of unofficial applications.

Ethics and Information Technology. Views Read Edit View history. Cueecat of legal action against the hackers swiftly brought on more controversy and criticism. It turns the CueCat into a free, general purpose bar code reader.

But with each swipe, it tracks your moves through cyberspace”. Contact Us Email azalea azalea.

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