Episode 37: The Quickest Response (00:52:12)
Scanning… Scanning… oops too slow! You know what would have been faster? A QR Code! Quick response codes are all the rage these days- they’re showing up in magazines, on ads, billboards, even on TV (and wedding invitations). Are they just a passing fad, or are they a revolution in the way that we pass data to each other in a physical medium? Today we discuss it!
Certainly it has been the explosion in the smart phone market that has made QR Codes a staple of daily life, without smart phones, they would just be a pretty two dimensional matrix of black squares on a white background. But now, we all have access to the internet in our pockets, and we don’t want to type stuff into our phones to get there- so why not just point your camera at what you want to see and have it show up in your phone? Easy! These things are very big in Japan and Korea, and are popping up everywhere in the U.S. — perhaps it’s not a fad after all!
Now even boarding passes can be downloaded as a QR Code- and you can check-in via your phone, speeding you through the airport and security. But QR codes aren’t the purview of big companies who can hire graphics artists and computer scientists to construct these codes- free software, easily available on the web will get you generating your own QR codes at will (or at Will). Check out the links below for more.
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