My company is looking to get an iphone app that can scan our products and load some info from a database and output it in the app. Any idea how much this would be?
Too little information to give an accurate price, but the barcode scanning stuff would be quite a bit to develop from scratch. There is a reason these guys charge an arm and a leg for their SDK:
Depending on what "standard" bardcode your company is using, this library might work: Although I haven’t heard great things about it
Given that the barcode stuff was either purchased or already written, it seems like a decently cheap app to build depending on the database connectivity, etc.
I have 700 products. I want to attach a barcode to each one. I want each barcode to be linked to a set of basic describing information. When the app scans over the barcode the user can see that data. Pretty much sums it up…
Where is the product data stored? If a relational DB then what flavor? Is in internal to your organization or on the net? If it’s behind another network, do you already have web services in place to "get at" the data? If not, then those would need to be developed.
I’d want it stored online so that the app doesn’t have to be updated to add/ edit data. The web services would be provided. I’d key each product to a barcode ID that would return data in whatever format the developer needed
It all comes down to the barcode recognition part then. If your company would be open to purchasing a license from a 3rd party, then it would be trivial to develop the rest of the app. Otherwise, I’d have to create one from scratch, or charge hourly for the research work that goes into seeing whether or not the zxing library would work or not. Do you know what barcode standard you’re using?
There are open source barcode decoding SDKs out there. Redlasers prices are a bit high, IMO.
You should be able to find something decent that fits your needs under a permissive open source license.
If money is an issue, why can’t you just make dynamic QR barcodes that link to internal websites with a variable in the URL for GET?
This is a good idea.