Ever thought it would be neat to scan those horse-like creatures with striped coats like a UPC? Thanks to modern-day science, this has now been made possible.
The system works by first capturing a rectangular shot of the zebra's side and then acquiring its stripe count. The stripes are then deemed as full black or full white then the data is more easily compressed. The next step is to categorize the bands into their respective lengths of colored blocks into what is called a 'StripeString'. Once all the StripeStrings come together, they become a 'StripeCode'. The StripeCode is what future pictures or scans can be compared to in order to identifiy that individual zebra.