Put Your Smartphone to Work


Businesses are discovering ways to improve their workflow processes with smartphone applications that support barcode reading. However, smartphone applications alone are unable to provide the aiming, lighting, and ease of use necessary to make decoding barcodes fast and accurate. With an innovative aimer featuring Cognex lighting and optics, the MX-100 Series mobile barcode reader is a mobile device accessory that attaches to an Otterbox uniVERSE Case System® and transforms smartphones into better barcode readers.


MX-100 features a bright LED aimer and diffuse lighting for faster, more efficient mobile barcode scanning. By using the Cognex Mobile Barcode Software Development Kit (license included), the MX-100 delivers fast and reliable barcode reading of more than 20 different 1-D and 2-D barcode symbologies, ideal for light industrial, field service, and retail applications.


Conventional smartphone barcode scanning applications require the user to locate a barcode by viewing a live image on the device screen and hold steady long enough for the device to capture and decode the barcode. Further, smartphones have limited illumination capabilities which make it difficult to read barcodes in dimly lit environments and its light is often too harsh for reflective surfaces.


The MX-100 overcomes these challenges with the following features:

  • Bright LED aiming pattern, co-axial to the camera’s field-of-view, provides precise, centered barcode targeting.
  • Diffuse, variable-intensity lighting effectively illuminates barcodes on poorly lit, low contrast, or reflective surfaces.
  • Patent-pending optical communication eliminates the need for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Lightning port configuration or communication.
  • Easily Expandable
  • MX-100 is a mobile device accessory that attaches to a smartphone with an OtterBox uniVERSE case (each sold separately). The MX-100 provides modularity and expandability by also including an OtterBox slot to accommodate other accessory modules like a device stand or credit card reader.
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