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The barcode scanning of the playing cards was carried out through the use of a readily available device known as a "cuecat." These devices, created by Digital Convergence and manufactured by Radio Shack, could scan UPC-A and Barcode39 numerical values and (originally) output an encrypted source to proprietary software. Nowadays, however, it is more common to find cuecats already "hacked" than not in order to disable the encryption and simply output ASCII keyboard codes. Therefore, scanning a UPC or Barcode39 font "types" its real value to the computer it is plugged in to.


Due to the limitations of xPC Target, we were forced to use the PS/2 keyboard input on a seperate computer than our PC/104 stack. By opening notepad and begining our card dealing procedures, we could view the output of the barcode reading.