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Isn’t technology marvellous

Shibuya-giant-barcodeTwo weeks ago we posted a weird, black and white square and asked that you figure it out. Only two people did! That’s no good. It was, in fact, a QR code, which you photograph with your cellphone. Your phone cleverly translates it into an URL and takes you to a webpage. It’s big in Japan you know. Here’s how you do it.

1. Make sure your cellphone is able to even do it! Look at this list or even just google your phone’s brand and ‘QR code’. If your cellphone can’t do it, then, I guess that’s too bad.
2. Find some compatible software to download to your cellphone. Not all software will work on all phones. Again, check sites like this one.
3. Install the software. Hopefully your phone will know what to do. Mine did. <3
4. Start the application, take a photo of a QR code*, and be amazed.

Charges may apply. See your cellular phone provider for more details! (Usually it’s about $1 for 10MB.)

*You might find them in books, or magazines, or who knows where. Billboards? You can make your own QR code.


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1 Comment

  1. feijoa

    Some libraries are doing pretty cool things with QR codes: eg Contra Costa library http://guides.ccclib.org/content.php?pid=105914&sid=797175

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