QR Codes For Dummies

Monday, March 28, 2011

One of the trends on Twitter this week has been QR Codes which is short for Quick Response Codes.

A QR Code is a matrix barcode readable by barcode readers and camera phones.

They can be found on magazines, signs, tv advertisements, websites, business cards or any other object that has information on it.

The QR Code has been around for a while now. It was invented in 1994 by a Japanese company, Denso-Wave.

The codes have been used in Japan for years, but they are just now becoming mainstream in the United States.

To be able to read these QR Codes you must download an app on your phone like RedLaser or Savvy Shopper.

Next, when you come across a code you turn on your camera on your phone and zoom in. It will scan the code and take you to a page with the information located on it.

If you would like to create your own QR Code for a business card or for other uses there are websites you can access such as http://qrstuff.com/.

There will be many other items that QR Codes will be used for that we couldn't even imagine now. They are going to be a way of finding information.

Photo Credit: Steve Hall via Creative Commons


Maddie Boswell March 29, 2011 at 12:44 PM  

If I remember correctly USA Today has one of these on the front page everyday. I think it might be slow to catch on because people don't know what the point is, but it is a great new advancement in technology. We were shown one in Communications that was an add in a magazine. When you scan the barcode there is a demonstrative video of the product that makes the add much more engaging.

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