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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Make barcodes that can be read by a mobile phone camera and provide web links.

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This is kind of tricky to explain but in essence, there's a system out there now (well, ok, it's been available in Japan for about 10 years but that's neither here nor there) which allows you to generate an image like the one above.

This image, known as a QR code, represents information such as a web-link, plain text or even a phone number and what you do is put this on a sticker/poster/etc and someone who knows what it is can come along with their mobile phone, snap a picture and use software in their phone (or online) to be taken directly to that link.

So why not just write up the weblink directly - well...uhhh...because this is just cooler, ok.

But seriously, what if its a really long weblink? What if you want to know where people found this link? Did I mention that it's cool?

Anyways, the website link at the top of the page (the normal looking one) is to a site called (odd name but oh well, whatever) where you can create your own QR codes as well as find the software you need to read them.

Leonard Low (also of the FLS team here) has a bit more info up on his Mobile learning blog including some current uses for this - such as

  1. Access an URL with static content
  2. Question of the day -kind of poll
  3. Save a business card
  4. Electronic clip book
  5. Translated articles
  6. Access to additional video information
  7. Added-value services only available with the printed code (e.g. player information during the hockey game)
  8. Shopping list application
  9. Shopping list web service
  10. View new video / song of an artist, or get a ring tone / logo for your mobile phone

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