Never heard of QR codes? Well you are looking at it! It’s a barcode made specifically for mobile phones like iPhones, Blackberrys and Androids.
It was developed waaaay back in 1994 by Toyota and is pretty common in Japan. It’s slowly creeping into the rest of the world. Singapore is catching on pretty quickly too. QR means quick response – as in it can be quickly decoded by devices.
Used back then to catalogue car parts, it is now being used in print (magazines, business cards, etc) to transfer information like names, addresses and URLs to the smartphones.
All users with a smartphone have to do is take a photo of the URL and load a QR-code app to read it. Android-based phones come with a QR-code app feature built-in, and so do Nokia smartphones. Sadly, iPhone users (including the latest iPhone 4) … Read More »