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It’s the Future!

The chances are, you came here today (25th October 2010) via my Twitter avatar.  I have just stumbled across another person on twitter using a QR Code so had to investigate.

“What’s a QR code?” you say?

Well, this is…

 

Essentially it’s a glorified barcode.  Only it works much better than a barcode.  It scans in an instant, and you don’t need to keep wiggling the scanner to get it to read.

I first noticed one on a bottle of Pepsi Max but not knowing what it was called I couldn’t google it.  Eventually I came across the name, thought “oh, it’s just a different barcode” and thought no more about it.

And then today I saw @NewCurator retweeted on Twitter.  I saw the image and couldn’t resist running my iPhone’s “ScanLife” app over it to see what it was an image of.

Boy was I surprised.  The iPhone successfully scanned it and took me to his/her webpage!  Astonishing!  So of course I googled to see how I could make my own QR code and came across Kaywa.  And I was again blown away.  You can create a QR code of any text, URL or… PHONE NUMBER.  If you try to create a QR code of your own telephone number and scan it, your iPhone (other models of mobile phone are available) will call that number.  You read that right.

Instantly my mind reeled with the possibilities.  QR codes as avatars, t-shirts, badges… hell, I want my QR code on a business card.  Just scan it with your phone and call me instantly.  How cool is that?

But there’s other possibilities.  Check this out:

 

Make your own business cards.  Make badges, make t-shirts.  Hell, have it put on your mug at work!

It’s the future.  And it works.

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One response to “It’s the Future!

  1. kates Monday 25th October, 2010 at 2.59 pm

    QR Codes are all the rage. I first started to see them when I got my android phone in February. Websites would link to apps in the android market via a QR code. I see them a lot on subway adverts now too. They link to websites and stuff. Welcome to the future. 🙂

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