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Old 08-20-13, 05:06 PM
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What do people use QR Codes for?

A friend and I were looking at some QR Codes the other day (you know, those little square code things found down in the corner of a lot of advertising flyers) and wondering how people use them, who uses them, why they use them and what (in general) they are good for.

The friend said that he thought that they were primarily used by young people who have to have all of the latest gimmicks and do all the latest things.

One of my ideas was that by scanning a QR Code one has a web address (usually) and don't have to write down said address in your notebook to be able to remember it, nor do you have to type it into a browser window on your mobile phone.

What else? Who uses them? Do you use them? Do your kids?
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Old 08-20-13, 05:11 PM
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

I love it when they put QR code on the back of a bus, car or van. What are you suppose to do? Whip out your phone and chase after it so you can scan it?
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

I've seen these on billboards off the side of the freeway. Yeah, that will end well.
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Old 08-20-13, 05:35 PM
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To look hip and technologically forward even though they have no idea what they're doing.
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Old 08-20-13, 06:13 PM
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

^ That's cool but future generations are going to walk past that tombstone and wonder that the fuck that funny looking square is.
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

Serious answer, it's for the lazy. Business cards have them now, menus, ketchup bottles, etc. Just a lazy way to get to the company's website.
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Old 08-20-13, 08:07 PM
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Of course I had to try this out... just because.
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Old 08-20-13, 08:19 PM
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

It's decoded by an app on your phone. You open the app, take a picture of the code and it'll decode it and lead you to some sort of message.

If you see it on a movie poster, for example, you can snap a picture and it might lead you to a link to the movie trailer.

It's really nothing special. Just a new way to advertise but it doesn't seem to have really caught on. Still it's free and easy to create so you'll see them around.
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

I was actually hoping for some serious answers to this question. If you read the OP you'll notice that there are some questions. Maybe I need to ask to have this moved to the Tech Forum.

Please, please, please - could a mod PLEASE move this to the tech forum in hopes that I might receive some answers to the questions which I posed. Thank you.
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Old 08-21-13, 08:04 AM
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

I instituted them at my job, construction managment. I have them on important documents, drawings and such. It allows workers to come in and not have to write things down or carry paper with them to the field. I also put them on user equipment so that is allows maintenance with no knowledge of the actual job but maintain equipment (pumps, air handlers) to be able to go to the manufacturers site to pull up maintenance schedules or parts.

It has reduced paper, ink and time to reproduce volumes of information.
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I have seen it in in-flight magazines, so you can scan the code with your smartphone, and read an article or check an ad later, since there is no free wi-fi on the plane. Very useful.
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

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It's decoded by an app on your phone. You open the app, take a picture of the code and it'll decode it and lead you to some sort of message.
Just scanned it. It said #YOLO.

Nice bargain.
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^ That's cool but future generations are going to walk past that tombstone and wonder that the fuck that funny looking square is.
Depending on how far into the future you're talking about, they may wonder the same thing about those weird letters.
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Old 08-21-13, 10:02 AM
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

I use them to find out information
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

To answer one of your questions, no....I do not use them.
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I saw a large one on a sign for a house that was for sale. I was able to scan it from the car and it pulled up the website for the listing. I have also seen it on a box for a trampoline in Walmart that linked to the website.
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Old 08-28-13, 03:22 PM
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Yeah, Home Depot used to (and may still) put them on their signs in the garden department. The signs strongly imply that if you want more information about a plant, you can scan the code and learn more. So if you wanted to know about which region of the country is best for Caladium or how much sun English Ivy needs, just scan it and get that info. Instead, the QR codes just link to Home Depot's garden website.
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Old 08-28-13, 04:15 PM
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I like that Best Buy puts them on the tags for products so you can read details about the product on your phone rather than on the tag that has the QR code.
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It would be helpful if the Best Buy tags linked back to Amazon since that's where I'll end up purchasing it after I'm done browsing.
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

I scanned the one on the tombstone and it took me to a website. I thought it was advertising! Then I looked at the About page, and the creator of the site was William Hart. So that made a little more sense.

I found one while playing the game Guacamelee!, and when I scanned it, the message was "Congrats, you successfully scanned a QR Code"

Think of QR codes as the next generation of UPC/bar codes. They just are able to store more information.
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

only for people who can't write, a quick way to visit online
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Old 09-03-13, 03:34 AM
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Re: What do people use QR Codes for?

I don't have the right phone for these so have never used one. So, straight away, I am left back in the Stone Age and having to Google...

I have heard of a 21 year-old friend of a friend's son using one on his CV. I believe that he got an interview and may even have got the job but assume it was as much for the novelty value which distinguished him from equally talented candidates. If everyone started doing it, it'd soon become "old hat".
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