Barcode inventor Norman Joseph Woodland passed away recently. While many people were involved in the perfection and adaptation of barcode technology, Woodland is credited as the originator. In 1948, he was at the beach contemplating how automatic scanning might be accomplished with a kind of Morse code. He raked his fingers in vertical lines through the sand and had a Eureka moment, giving him the idea for the barcode pattern so familiar today. Good thing it wasn’t high tide!