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Old December 27th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Key Ring for Android is an application that helps organize those dreaded store discount cards. The application works in conjunction with your phones camera to work as a barcode reader to create a digital copy on your phone.


Just launch the application, touch Add Card and point your camera at the barcode. Wait for the application to read the information. If it doesn’t find your information then you can enter it manually. There are over 600 merchant logos stored in the app or you can use a dropdown list to find your store.

This app is a great way to get rid of those discount cards in your wallet and those dangling off your key chains. It’s free for download from the Android Market. Scroll below and scan the barcode to locate the app.
Features:
Supports Scanning ITF, EAN13, EAN8, UPCA, UPCE, Code128, and Code39 one dimensional barcodes
Retailer logos automatically added to 650 plus retailers from around the globe
Integrated barcode scanner
Supports adding non-barcode cards such as Hertz rental car, American Airlines etc
Backup and restore cards on SD card
Manually add your own retailers
Leverages ScanWow™ technology to aid with scanning from device screen
Stores unlimited cards
Key Ring is proud to offer our newest feature, CardGuard™ which protects Users from losing their information. Stay tuned for the release!
CardCare™ – Key Rings™ helps to prevent the wrong amount or type of alphanumerics from being entered.
CardGlare™ – Key Rings™ new feature that we embed into our software to reduce glare from cell phone screens.
CardWare™ –Key Rings™ latest CardWare™ Program 1.2, now includes SoftMatch™ developed to match Company’s names with the software they use (bar code software).

Note: I tried this at the local Albertsons and gave up trying to get it to scan. But I haven't given up on this app yet. It's a cool concept.

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Old December 28th, 2009, 08:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing , this is a rather interesting app concept
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Old December 28th, 2009, 08:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've had this app for a while now...

I managed to scan my Tesco Clubcard...but that's the only card I was able to scan with it...

I have yet to try it out in a store though (probably to avoid my own embarrassment of it failing on me)...

I might give it a go when I go to get petrol for my car.. xD
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I found this app a few weeks ago. Scanned all my cards into the phone. Its nice not to carry all them cards now. Gotta love this little app.

Now all i need its more cards and ill be set. :P
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I've had this on my phone for a while. Tried it out at Harris Teeter, Blockbuster and Best Buy and none of them could scan the barcode off my screen. Not sure if it's a glare issue or what.
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A cashier at Best Buy told me that he had seen some people using this and people who had screen protectors on were having problems. I havent loaded it on my phone yet but I plan on trying it soon.
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I've had this on my phone for a while. Tried it out at Harris Teeter, Blockbuster and Best Buy and none of them could scan the barcode off my screen. Not sure if it's a glare issue or what.
I'm pretty sure I remember reading somewhere that the screen brightness has to be at it's lowest when trying to scan the barcode...

But don't quote me on that..
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I tried to scan my Kroger card at the Kroger Fuel station, but I couldn't get it to work. The problem may not have been with the app though. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced the problem was the idiot holding the phone (me).

First I held the phone long ways, too far for the scanner to read the bar code easily. (DUH!) Then I just kind of swiped the phone under the bar code reader. (It was way too cold outside that day, and I was in a major hurry.)

I will try it next time I need to get some fuel for my car or my wife's car.
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It may be the screen protector i use it on my droid with screen protector and it doesnt work however i loaded on my moment without screen protector at normal brightness and had no problem at CVS or Giant
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I went to a store (Giant Eagle) on Christmas Eve, and the cashier informed me that their store has a policy that they are not allowed to scan off of any handheld device (i.e. smart phones, PDAs, etc.). I made her punch in the number by hand.
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I went to a store (Giant Eagle) on Christmas Eve, and the cashier informed me that their store has a policy that they are not allowed to scan off of any handheld device (i.e. smart phones, PDAs, etc.). I made her punch in the number by hand.

Is that the same as The Giant here in Maryland? They had no problem doing it here. They're going to have to get used to it I think programs like Key Ring are gaining popularity and will soon replace the keytag all together

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My screen brightness is pretty damn low and I don't have a protector on it. No idea what the problem would be.
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I've tried at the local library and kroger, both the self checkout and gas pump and haven't been able to get any to scan yet.
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The tips say the screen has to be at near 90 degrees to the scanner. I also read tsomewhere that is didn't have much luck with the flatbed type scanners like the grocery stores use. On the demo video they're using a gun scanner.
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I tried at Petsmart and Pricechopper and neither worked, I do have a screen protector, next time I will ask them it hit it with the gun.
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