Ever see one of those square barcode like looking thingys?
I had one hanging on my door from Google Places, but, I did not know what it was or what to do with it.
It looked cool, so I stuck it up there.
So what the hell is it?
Well, finally getting curious I did a bit of web searching. WikiPedia, of course, has a nice, concise, explanation which I quote below:
A QR code (short for Quick Response) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.
Common in Japan, where it was created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. QR is the abbreviation for Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.
The technology has seen a large uptake in Japan and South Korea. However, in the west there has been a considerably slower adoption of QR Codes.
I suspect that as SmartPhones become more prevalent, the use of the QR codes may increase here.
Give it a try! If you have a SmartPhone, and the appropriate app on it (you can find free QR apps on either the iphone or android phones)…….scan the QR code I put at the top of this blog entry.
Where did you go? Pretty cool, huh?
I also have a QR code with my name, business, phone and email…in other words a contact QR code.
According to the “QR Droid” app (a great application by the way…I will donate some $$) I downloaded on my HTC Aria, I can make a QR code for:
- URL Address
- Application (calls up an app?, I have not tried it….yet)
- Phone Number
- Calendar Event
- Free Text (how is that as opposed to priced text?)
Pretty impressive list of uses….I will start integrating QR codes in my work life more and more. For example, do you want to rent a room, or sign up for coworking? Scan the appropriate QR code to call me (and store my number easily on your phone), send me a text message, an email, or just go directly to Paypal.
VERY COOL. (Hmmmmm, I will make up a QR code with my contact information for the next Tracy Chamber Meeting….that would be interesting).
In addition to being useful…I think it is pretty geeky nerdy cool…..just like me! :-)
Speaking of nerds……I will be getting a t-shirt made up with the QR code I made on top.
I can just see the kids at the Mall with SmartPhones scanning my shirt and then learning that they need to….
Drive Safe! Never Forget.