Posts Tagged ‘QR Code’

AT&T Boards the QR Train

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

AT&T Create A Code

AT&T now has a QR/Barcode scanning mobile app as well as a code creation web app. AT&T Code Scanner is the mobile app. It can scan 2D codes, both QR and datamatrix, as well as 1D codes which include UPC and EAN. AT&T Create-a-Code does what the name implies, it lets you create a barcode.

How it works:

Create-a-Code

You start by going to the AT&T Create-a-Code site. You set up an account with your name and email address, and it sends you a password for later use. You get to use the app without having to log back in. Once you have an account you have to choose whether to create a contact code or a web code.

Create-a-Code Contact

There are a few required fields, but otherwise you can add what information you want to share. Once you are done you get the sample code. See below for the basic contact info for this blog.

Create-a-Code Contact Padgett Tech

A web code is straightforward as well. See the below image:

Create-a-Code Web

It looks like you only get 5 codes, so choose wisely. The codes are good for a year and then expire.

If you want to download the mobile scanning app, you can download it from the BlackBerry App World or Android Market. You can also go to http://scan.mobi on your mobile browser.

As I’ve mentioned before, QR codes are becoming more popular. It was only a matter of time before a carrier jumped on board. The code creator is really easy to use. If you don’t already have a preferred method, whether from Google or someone else, this can be a convenient way for you to get started creating QR codes.

QR Fun

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

As I’ve been testing out the Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro, I find I keep gravitating to the QR scanner apps. QR isn’t as common as I would expect at this point, but there is enough of it around to have some fun. Some bloggers use them a lot, and there was even a Calvin Klein billboard displaying a giant QR code as an ad.

QR codes have been used in a variety of creative ways, from movie posters to parking signs to tatoos. If you have a QR reader, scan the code below to see some examples at the QR Stuff website.

I have been scanning and making QR codes a lot lately, as they are really convenient. If you have a smart phone, it is definitely worth trying out. If not, I guess you don’t know what you’re missing. Whether they are useful or not, they sure are fun.

Add QR Code to Goo.gl

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Google has added support for QR tags through the Goo.gl URL shortener according to TechCrunch. I tried it out tonight and it seems to work as advertised.

For those who don’t know what a QR code, it stands for Quck Response, and can be seen in a number of places from bills to magazines and business cards. They are barcodes that can take you to a specific URL when scanned by a smart phone or other mobile device.

Using Google Toolbar in Firefox I obtained a shortened Goo.gl url for this blog. http://goo.gl/q1wu. By adding .qr to this shortened link (http://goo.gl/q1wu.qr), I get the following QR code:

I decided to see if Chrome has a QR extension and I found a few. The following QR code should take you to my search for QR code extensions in Chrome.

I installed two iPhone apps and was unable to get a clear enough image to use, so I was unable to test the codes for accuracy.

I am looking into possible uses for QR tags in my business interests, and this new feature from Google, or even the one from my Chrome extension are going to be useful in the coming weeks. If you are currently using QR tags, or would like to but just didn’t know how, this new feature could be useful for you. I intend to play with it a bit more, as I am pretty happy with the results and the ease of use. Now if only I could get the iPhone to take a decent picture.

Update: After playing with the iPhone a bit more I finally got a good enough picture to use the QR codes. The Google one worked perfectly, while the Chrome extension still had problems due to its smaller size.