Review: The Motorola SB1 Smart Badge

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Phasers On Stun

On a retail floor, the Smart Badge acts like a price checker thanks to a built-in 1D/2D laser barcode scanner that can link to an inventory system via Wi-Fi. Using sample barcodes supplied with the review unit, testers were able to scan all the codes to reveal details (shown next) about the sample products to which they linked. This function was probably the fastest and most consistent of all of our tests. More on device performance later.

Retail customers might also be stunned to see their salesperson use the SB1 as a push-to-talk device for getting real-time help or support from a co-worker. There's also a broadcast function for general announcements.


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