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QR Codes: The Next Big Thing in Communications?

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TaimoorZ
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TaimoorZ   10/27/2011 12:06:24 PM
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I recently went to a conference and normally people at conferences exchange contact details with other attendees via business cards. I noticed a guy who'd ask the other person to scan his QR code via a mobile app to save his contact details on the other person's phone. This seemed a pretty cool idea to me. I think this would also save a lot of time and people wouldn't have to manually save numbers on their phone.

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stochastic excursion   10/26/2011 3:51:55 PM
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Certain specialized applications can benefit greatly from QR technology.  Effectively it allows hyperlinking of any text or image within camera range.  This opens up a degree of automation that is multi-dimensional in scope.

Of course the code images are vulnerable to alteration.  A little bit of vigilance on the part of people displaying the codes should keep misdirection to a minimum.

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Clairvoyant   10/26/2011 2:20:41 PM
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I agree as well, Dave. Some locations where the QR codes are showing up, really won't get much use as it takes too much time to use them.

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Ms. Daisy   10/26/2011 1:17:03 PM
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Dave, I agree with you that the cumbersome steps to get the information on a plant for example when I am in a rush at a grocery store for an inexpensive item. May be if I have to buy electronics that cost a little more.

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arenasolutions   10/24/2011 2:59:02 PM
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Especially as tablet computers decrease in price and become SOP for businesses, there is a lot of opportunity to use QR codes in manufacturing. We talked about this recently on our blog - - -

"For example, with the ability to create scannable URLs, manufacturers can implement a point-and-browse experience on the shop floor.  For example, if work orders listing collections of parts included a QR code, a technician with a tablet could scan the work order, and immediately pull up the latest approved assembly procedure.

This could also be used in inventory management—with QR code-enhanced bins that provide a real-world bookmark for the latest specifications for each part."

This specifically relates to manufacturing, but I think there is similar opportunity for engineers to implement something like this for prototyping.

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Anne   10/24/2011 12:21:33 PM
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This is a wonderful technology, a friend shared his experience with Delta airline. He couldn't found his boarding pass when he got to the airport but he had a link sent via sms to his mobile phone, the gate agent just visted the link with his phone and scanned the electronic boarding pass through QR code.  It saves the trouble of having a misplaced boarding pass.

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Wale Bakare   10/24/2011 10:41:56 AM
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@Rich Krajewski, am in the same boat with you. I think, that is just exactly where quick-respond code heading to.

 

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JADEN   10/24/2011 9:48:02 AM
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QR codes have security flaws, I have heard about how the hackers use image manipulation software with Clear overherad projector film to generate fake QR code image from the original one, and then redirect the information on the original QR codes to the fake.

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TIOLUWA   10/23/2011 5:21:37 PM
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Dave Sasson

you raised a great point about QR.

I think one thing that can be done to make the QR app easy to use is to integrate in the the phones default camera features. It is alot faster to launch the dafault camera app of most smart phones, most have a dedicated button for it.

So if a QR feature is integrated into the camera function, all one has to do is start the camera, and select QR from the options.

That is alot faster than having to lunch a dedicated QR app from a long list of installed apps.

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Dave Sasson   10/23/2011 7:44:39 AM
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I am a technologist, so I enjoy seeing new technologies emerge that can change the way we do things in an everyday basis, but is QR one of them?  I remember several years ago how RFID was going to change the world and yet it hasn’t been adopted on a wide scale as expected, although I do believe RFID has benefits from tradition barcodes.  As for QR codes, I personally think they are cool, but I am not sure the average user or consumer will take the time to use them regularly.   First, the user has to download a QR reader app, then the user will have to take the time a launch the QR reader and take a picture of the QR code.  Then the user has to have the patience to wait for the browser to launch and view the information based on the QR code.  It may not seem like much, but for people on the go, which most people are, it may be too much to ask for.  There must be a nice incentive for scanning QR codes if it has a chance for wider adoption. 

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