New Google Doodle Celebrates Bar Code Invention

October 7, 2009, By Alex Ion

Today marks the 57th anniversary since the first barcode patent has been filed, and Google’s logo today is celebrating the important invention.

Google Barcode Doodle Logo

Introduced on October 7 in 1952 by inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver in the United States, the bar code, as you already know, is an optical machine-readable representation of data consisting of a series of vertical bars. And speaking of interpretation of lines and dots, Google’s doodle today is Code 128 encoded — a standard way of encoding ASCII character strings into a barcode, and means “Google”.

Google has made it a habit to celebrate holidays and other important date to remind people of the significance they have. Their 11th anniversary was celebrated by adding a new ‘l’ to the text (Googlle) where ‘ll’ means 11. Google has also celebrated Ghandi’s 140th birth anniversary and have mentioned Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Confucius, Luciano Pavarotti, Dr Seuss, Andy Warhol, Claude Money, Louis Braille, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Michael Jackson in the past.

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