Thursday, May 19, 2011

QR Scan - What is that???!!??

Have you seen these?

They are all over the place and more and more are showing up. I found one today on my cup from Taco Bell. (Why I ate there - and why I wish I hadn't - is another story.) When I scanned it I was taken to a web site and a free music download! The one above will take you to our church web site. How cool is that?

They are called QR codes. Your smartphone can download an app where your phone will read them and when it does it either takes you to a web site or to a map or a phone number or gives you information lilke a business card. The apps are easy to find.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about them.

QR code
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.[1]

The technology has seen a large uptake in Japan and South Korea. However, in the West there has been a slower adoption of QR codes.[2]

Here's a few more to try if you have the app.

They will take you to my art web sites. (I know... shameless self-promotions.) I'll put some more up here later. Have fun with your phones!

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