Monday, June 17, 2013

QR Codes and What Are They







QR Codes and What Are They?

On different products, business cards, in restaurants, on signs, and etc, you will see a box shape that are black and white, sometimes colored, and in a shape that you ask What is This? Those are QR codes. 

With the Wikipedia free encyclopedia online it shows the definition of a QR code as:
QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed for the automotive industry in Japan; a barcode is an optically machine-readable label that is attached to an item and that records information related to that item: The information encoded by a QR code may be made up of four standardized types ("modes") of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte / binary, Kanji) or, through supported extensions, virtually any type of data.[1]
The QR Code system has become popular outside the automotive industry due to its fast readability and greater storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes. Applications include product tracking, item identification, time tracking, document management, general marketing, and much more.[2]
A QR code consists of black modules (square dots) arranged in a square grid on a white background, which can be read by an imaging device (such as a camera) and processed using Reed-Solomon error correction until the image can be appropriately interpreted; data is then extracted from patterns present in both horizontal and vertical components of the image.

A QR Code which is short for Quick Response is a barcode which has data content that can be read with a phones camera. Most of your smart phones are equipped with the soft ware which allows you to download the QR code reader. Now, once you download that reader your camera then works like a scanner which allows you to read the barcode. 

Once these barcodes are read they can provide you with a URL for website addresses and more, your blogs, your online shops, maybe some contact information, or similar links with information right to your phone. Such places to find these QR barcodes could be on the back of products you wish to purchase, some have them on their business cards, find them on blogs or websites, sometimes a business will have a sign showing their barcode, and the list goes on.

So, do you use a barcode? Have you thought about using one, but not sure if you really need it? Does it help business for you? There are places that charge for you to have a barcode made, and there are also places online that are free for you to have your barcode made too. 

If you have a barcode I would love to hear from you your experience with it, if you have found it helpful, and do you recommend this to others as well. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again soon. Have a Sweet Monday everyone.

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