QR Codes Decrypted

If you haven’t heard of QR Codes, then you should check them out! These are custom ‘bar codes’ that direct readers to any website, text, etc. that you choose.

What is a QR Code?

According to Wikipedia;

A QR Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The “QR” is derived from “Quick Response”, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.

QR Codes are common in Japan, where they are currently the most popular type of two dimensional codes. Moreover, most current Japanese mobile phones can read this code with their camera.

Although initially used for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR Codes are now used in a much broader context, including both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile phone users (known as mobile tagging).

QR Codes storing addresses and URLs may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, business cards, or just about any object that users might need information about. Users with a camera phone equipped with the correct reader software can scan the image of the QR Code causing the phone’s browser to launch and redirect to the programmed URL. This act of linking from physical world objects is known as a hardlink or physical world hyperlinks. Google’s mobile Android operating system supports the use of QR codes by natively including the barcode scanner (ZXing) on some models and the browser supports URI redirection, which allows QR Codes to send metadata to existing applications on the device. Nokia’s symbian operating system is also provided with a barcode scanner, which is able to read QR Codes.

Visit Wikipedia for more information.

So, being a web based, technology friendly company, we naturally thought these were interesting and wanted to share them! So, we went to Kaywa (there are many free code generating sites) and created our own QR Codes, then we created material to share these codes and the technology.

We hope you enjoy this information and will find creative ways to put it to use for you!

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