Getting to Grips With QR Codes
Have you spotted how common QR codes have become lately? On seat reservations on the train; on food packaging; in magazines. Pretty much anywhere with a bit of spare white space seems to have them these days.
QR means Quick Response and is a two dimensional version of the bar code we're more familiar with. It can carry lots more information than its bar code cousin and was first used by car manufacturers. When I went round the Nissan car factory in Sunderland in the early 1990s, they were using bar codes to track progress through the production line, so I'm not surprised QR codes hail from this industry.
If you took a picture of the above code on your smart phone* (or on a laptop camera or suchlike), you'd be directed right back to Veg Plotting's Home Page. Pretty cool eh? NAH and I are very excited about their potential, even though neither of us have a smart enough phone to read them. Indeed NAH has set up a QR code for his blog and consequently put up a couple of large laminated versions up on Joyce. They've become quite a talking point with younger visitors toMidsomer Norton station. He's also put his code on his blog's business style cards - that's one up on mine :)
* = apologies to BlogHer readers, but I don't seem to be able to get the HTML link to my QR code displaying properly at the moment, like it does on my actual blog. Please bear with me - this is my first attempt at posting something here!