Ever see one of those square barcode like looking thingys?
You can see them now in magazines and on office doors and even on T-shirts.
So what is it?
Well I did a bit of searching, and found that WikiPedia, 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 will increase, and more people will know what to do when they encounter one.
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?
According to the “QR Droid” app (a great application by the way)I can make a QR code for:
- My Contact Information
- URL Address (as I did with ForCarol.com)
- Application (?)
- Phone Number
- Calendar Event
- Free Text (how is that as opposed to priced text?)
Pretty impressive list of uses….I plan to 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.