So being stuck without a camera phone for these two years has sure been a bummer, but I’m holding out for the iPhone 6 (imagine what kind of wizardry it’ll have by then). Of course I don’t exactly NEED a camera phone, I hardly take pictures anyway. But it would seriously be cool if I had a camera phone just to interact with QR barcodes.
I’ve seen QR codes everywhere but had no idea what these weird, odd shapes were supposed to be for. It’s not until recently that I realised you could take a picture of these weird black and white squares and your phone would actually react to it. It’s like a whole separate language for mobile phones. Then I thought only huge manufacturers used QR codes on their products or something, but making your own QR code is actually so easy with a simple QR generator.
A little history, QR (which actually stands for “Quick Response” because it’s meant to be decoded at high speeds) codes were actually first created by Toyota (why a car company of would need to invent a whole new barcode standard is beyond me) way back in 1994. Fast forward to today and QR codes are on plenty of things (e.g.), we just don’t tend to see them. Similar to how our eyes gloss over barcodes on products without giving them a second look, we just assume QR codes to be some weird random crap that’s beyond us.
But QR codes of today can encode all sorts of cool stuff in them, unlike those boring old barcodes. Take a picture of one of them, and your phone will automatically direct you to the URL that was encoded in it. Take a photo of another one and your phone will just start dialing a phone number. Another code will load up a map of the address specified in the code. etc. So awesome!
And to think girls use phone cameras to take photos of themselves. What a waste!Read More