Like many good ideas and eventual multi-million-dollar companies,
Â“the dotÂ” started out as the hobby of a graduate student, Bob Dessing,
earning his Ph.D in Computer Science. Â“Look at this,Â” Bob called to his then-girlfriend and later-wife,
Sandra. He stuck an adhesive plastic dot, half the size of a dime, onto the recessed bottom of a bottle of wine on their kitchen counter.
Â“Let me guess,Â” Sandra smiled. Â“That dot tells me if the wine has a bad cork or has turned to vinegar.Â”
Â“Better,Â” Bob beamed. He pulled a simple hand-held barcode scanner from his briefcase. A couple protruding wires and assorted solder marks told Sandra immediately that this was no ordinary