It’s All about QR Codes today !!
Denso-Wave - a subsidiary of the Toyota Group - are attributed with the invented the QR Code as far back as 1994. Originally it was designed to be used to track parts in the vehicle manufacturing industry, and has been used in Japan for some years but its use has grown tremendously in the rest of the world recently.
What does QR stand for ?
Answer is simple : Quick Response
General Information about QR Codes
QR codes are huge in Japan and across the far east, and have now become commonplace in the West. Soon enough you will see QR codes on product packaging, shop displays, printed and billboard advertisements as well as in emails and on websites. The scope of use for QR codes really is huge, particularly for the marketing and advertising of products, brands, services and anything else you can think of.
How is this barcode different from ordinary barcodes ?
Ordinarily we think of a barcode as a collection of vertical lines; 2D Barcodes or QR Codes are different in that the data is stored in both directions and can be scanned vertically OR horizontally
Whilst a standard 1D Barcode (UPC/EAN) stores up to 30 numbers, a QR Barcode can store up to a massive 7,089! It is this massive amount of data that enables links to such things as videos, Facebook or Twitter pages or a plethora of other website pages
In its simplest sense a QR Code is an 'image-based hypertext link' that can be used offline – any URL can be encoded into a QR Code so essentially any webpage can be opened automatically as a result of scanning the barcode. If you want to encourage someone to like your Facebook page – have your Facebook profile page as the URL. Want your video to go viral – encode the URL in your QR Code. The options are endless
If you have a smart phone like an iPhone, Android or Blackberry, then there a number of different barcode scanner applications such as CCD, Laser Barcode Scanners and QR Scanner that can read and decode data from a QR code. The majority of these are completely FREE, and all you have to do once you install one is to use your phone's camera to scan the barcode, which will then automatically load the encoded data for you
How can I produce my own QR Codes ?
You can produce your own QR Codes free of charge on our web site:
Free QR Code Generator go to: http://www.barcode-uk.com/qrcode.php
Please consider why it is that you want a QR Code and how you will use it.