Q-R Coding the World

by Karen Knapstein

There are tons of ways to find out about something you’re interested in
buying — online, in a catalog, or even old school, by talking to a
salesperson. But there’s another one that hasn’t quite caught on in the
U.S. yet, but that you might find is easier than ever as it starts to
pop up in all the places you shop. It’s called a QR code, short for
“Quick Response” and it looks a bit like a bar code.

This new pattern, however, can tell you way more about
something than just the price. It works when you take a picture of one
or scan it into your cell phone. The code then pulls a website with
information about whatever it is stamped on — a food package,
electronics, even a building. We’ve also heard that Facebook is
experimenting with allowing users to generate their own QR codes with
links to pictures or other information, in status updates.

What do you think? Will QR codes soon be taking over the world,
giving you more information than you dreamed with the click of a camera?

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