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Thursday, October 21, 2010

QR Coding in QataR...


I've been playing a bit with QR Coding here in QataR... It's an interesting little ditty of a means for coding and transferring information such as a web-page, phone number, SMS, or up to a 250 character text...

The black & white pattern within a square provides an entertaining medium to play and explore with, through which various 'what if' queries can be posed and tested. One can go a bit 'Alice in Wonderland' with the whole thing - splitting, scaling and positioning segments of the code-square at different locations which only match (form a coherent and unified image) when viewed from a specific point. It can be stretched and angled to form an anamorphic image (see Holbein's Ambassadors) which needs to be read through a foreshortened view. It could thus even, as suggested in some of the images below, be used as promotional tools on painted rooftops or even city-blocks, where the code could be read from airplanes or even satellites, to promote and advertise various places or functions... Will the potentials for fun never cease..?!

A free QR Code reader can be downloaded for free through most smart-phones. A QR Code generator can be accessed by clicking here...



Matching two, different scale, halves of a QR code...

Two halves of the QR Code split...


A roof top painted as as a QR-Code (to be read from an airplane)...


A few city blocks adjusted to accommodate a QR code (to be viewed from a plane, satellite, space)...



QR Code in Perspective - Click on the image and lean over your laptop or computer screen whilst aiming your smart-phone at the QR Code to 'neutralize' the perspective. This could be used on a street, airport, train-station, etc. to convey information...

3 comments:

Barrak Al-Babtain said...

I think the real value in QR codes will be realized when (and if!) augmented reality becomes mainstream. When people start wearing 'smart' glasses that can capture video and overlay information (from the web, GPS, QR codes) onto the lens and onto what you're seeing. Sort of an annotated reality.

You're at the supermarket, wearing your glasses. You see arrows leading you to all the items that you posted onto your online shopping list. You just follow the lines and pick up the stuff you wanted, ordered by how close they are to each other making the trip as easy and fast as possible; creating a list on the side of your vision for all the items in your shopping cart, along with a running total and maybe some advertisements for offers and discounts.

Crazy.

Thomas said...

It's a bit like a digitized 'traveling salesman' mapping...

Getting hungry just thinking about it..!

Tom

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