Zxings vs Tags
July 10, 2009 § 4 Comments
A gentle reminder during a Russel Prue presentation and I was again curious about QR codes. Whilst Russell enthused about tags or Zxing ( pronounce zebra crossing) I was reminded of the Microsoft Tag technology I had not got around to testing / sharing. A delicious tag that got away, back in January.
So, what is QR Code?
Look at the square image on the left of a recent DVD release. That’s QR code. QR is short for Quick Response. Its a 2-dimensional barcode developed by Denso. Originally designed for tracking parts in manufacturing, QR code has gained popularity in consumer space these years as a way to encode URL. Unlike the basic barcode which you are familiar with, QR code contains information in both horizontal and vertical direction and can therefore storie a lot more info. Want to try out more QR code? Down the free reader to your phone and you are ready to snap a way. For a quick ‘ create your own’ code, use Googles Zxing generater or Kaywa. Now thanks to Sean from the development team, I can make a small correction, Zxing is an open source QR reader development project that makes use of the QR concept.
Microsoft explains far more creatively than I could. So here is the link. Welcome, back. So there you have it, larger amounts of data shrink wrap and sent via your phone. Microsoft give very practical examples, menus, bus timetables, (quiet handy for school) and there I was think report cards, homeworks extended learning and reminders. Worth investigating that’s for sure.
At present the TAG reader is free, the TAG creators linked to your LIVE account. In both instances, simply download the reader to your phone (easiest very the web browser on your phone) and create your tags. Good luck and thanks Sean.