Monday, 29 September 2008

More on QR Code applications

Following on from the post QR Codes and Libraries, which explored some of the ways libraries could use QR codes, it is also worth looking at and considering the following:

There is a simple technical overview on QR codes at the Denso Wave site. These are the people who thought up QR codes. The Denso Wave site also has some good case studies. While these case studies consider applications within manufacturing, logistics, and sales; it is not hard to see how QR codes could be applied in libraries, especially in the areas of inventory control and library promotions. is an online blog / newsletter from the UK. It deals with a whole lot of issues about QR codes and provides some very good and interesting resources. For example:

• It looks like cameras that come with iPhones are not as good as some of the other phones on the market and this has an impact on the user’s ability to grab a QR code.
• Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch is making history. He is the first politician in the world to use a QR Code on his campaign posters. The QR Code resolves to a mobile site where users can have a simplistic ‘interactive dialogue’ with Heubisch.
• In the UK, the BBC has offered a QR code that has the BBC logo embedded. See the image that comes with this post. In this case the BBC QR code links to the web site.
• Taking it one step further, in Japan companies have started to embed animated flash videos into QR codes. Wow!

Want to know more?

• Well there is a short article in the Sydney Morning Herald titled Swipe your phone over a bar code to visit a website.

• There is a good video about QR codes on YouTube. See following:

• In addition, there is also a cluster of videos about QR codes and their application on Technorati.

• If you are looking for more technical information, there is also the Open Source QR Code Library, and

• Even Google has gotten into the act. Google has ZXing, an open-source, multi-format 1D/2D barcode image processing library which supports QR codes.

... and now that I have got you excited about the use of QR codes in libraries, check out the post on GoToMobile about the next generation atom tag 2D codes.


rogerfischer said...

First politicians using QR Codes:

Most politicians use QR Codes for a while. The same can be said for Switzerland.

One of Switzerland's Federal Councillors = the Swiss government, Federal Councillor Moritz Leuenberger, has a QR Code since a long time.
See here:

rogerfischer said...

Uuups, I meant most japanese politicians use QR Codes for a while.