Wikipedia says it is old and was created in 1994 but to me it is very new and a funky looking code! Though I wish it was pink and black instead of the boring white n black! 😛 ( Somethings just dont change! ). I first heard about it when my techie brother-in-law told me about some geek friends of his who has the icing of the cake in the form of a QR code of the flicker album url! I was totally fascinated by the idea and I am dedicating this post just for QR codes!
A QR Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The “QR” is derived from “Quick Response”, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. QR Codes are common in Japan, where they are currently the most popular type of two dimensional codes. Moreover, most current Japanese mobile phones can read this code with their camera.
A giant QR Code linking to a website, to be read with a mobile phone. These kind of banners and messages invoke an instant interest in people to get to know what it really means and thus solve the purpose when it comes to getting publicity! 😛
See, film stars are the only creatures who suffer from attention deficit disorder! 😛
Some features of QR codes that make them next thing to look out for are:
High Capacity of encoding Data
Conventional bar codes are capable of storing a maximum of approximately 20 digits, QR Code is capable of handling several dozen to several hundred times more information.
Small Printout Size
Unlike Bar code which hold information only horizontally, QR codes hold information both horizontally and vertically. This makes the printout size extremely small.
Dirt and Damage Resistant
Even if the symbol is dirty or damaged, data can be restored.
Readable from any direction in 360°
This feature enables high speed reading. This is accomplished by position detection patterns in the code itself.
Structured Append Feature
QR Code can be divided into multiple data areas. Conversely, information stored in multiple QR Code symbols can be reconstructed as single data symbols.
One data symbol can be divided into up to 16 symbols, allowing printing in a narrow area.
As I already mentioned in the beginining that Qr codes are really becoming the ‘in’ thing for techies. There are some pictures of Bday cakes and chocolated where the birthday messages are encoded as QR codes! The person will have to feed this image to a QR code decoder which is inbuilt in many of the phones these days.
This is a chocolate bar with a Happy B’day QR code encoded on it! Cool huh?
Even on business cards we find QR codes to see more click here
After doing some research I realized that QR code was also making its presence felt in the arena of art. Dont believe it. Well see this for yourself.
Here, Artist Pedro Morales creates Qr codes like the one on the right here using small cloth flowers!!!! He calls his latest art ‘Puras Flores'(Pure Flowers).
I know it is a little hard to believe! But it is true!
Here is a closer view of the same Qr code:
Every company right from the power production,mobile phone to construction knows that GREEN is the way to be! Going GREEN would definitely be an advantage keeping in mind the long term benefits and goodwill of the company as need to be proactive with respect to climate change is on priority now! Here I have a few examples that can help us in moving closer to being greener and one step closer to sustainability.
First let us talk about LG Mobile phones which are solar powered. I know it is not anything revolutionary or jaw-dropping but it is small things like these that will make a difference. Many times the problems to the most complex problems are simple just that they need to be implemented on a large scale. With large companies like LG taking the initiative and setting examples it is a ray of hope for all those environmentalists who are going crazy thinking and calculating how far we are from “The tipping point”. A ray of hope everyone would be clinging on to!
Coming back to the solar powered phone. Here’s a picture of it:
After Samsung decided to go green in style with its new Blue Earth solar-powered phone; it’s now turn for LG. LG,promises to use green packaging with the user manual in a soy ink on recycled paper.
Samsung Blue Earth phone not only has the solar panel at the back but is also made from recycled plastic wastes. The themes also reflect on how fragile our environment is. For more information Click here.
Below is a picture of the phone:
Coming to the power industry. We have always heard the developed countries blaming the developing countries for not adopting green techniques and being the major producers of CO2. Now, China has proved this wrong! While the USA is just planning on setting up green power production industries, these are being set up in China at the rate of one per month! The only drawback of these power plants is that their efficiency is much lower than those that will be set up in the US. In China the efficiency is about 27-30% while in western countries it is being estimated to be around 40%. Neverthless, it is a move by China that needs to be appreciated!
A lot of research works are being funded for the production of biofuels from algae, using bugs, etc. These are the same projects which governments had rejected for funding as then there were large fossil fuel reserves and investing in this was not of importance. Its good to see perspectives change now! To read more click here.
Coming to the next level of attaining sustainability, our houses! I saw these really interesting designs of a house which would look weird to most of us but actually are very cool. Check these out!
These look absolutely COOL! The best thing is they have so many opening for sunlight that as you can see we can grow the veggies we need and reach an all together different level of sustainability. Here, organic farming (NOT gardening) would be an ideal thing to do!!! Also building houses like these would emit far lesser amount of CO2 when compared with building sky scrapers…
Well… This is all I have for now! Lets hope more companies and people go green!!!
Most of us would wonder what the connection between the two is, even i did… Read on and find out!
EGGY STORY 1
The Tele-Egg mobile phone accessory really is a funny concept!
Shaped like an egg; this gadget wonder alert you whenever you receive a call and it does so before the phone goes off by kicking its legs!@#!#@!
It is a low cost call indicator wiggles his legs. Apart from this it has a LCD clock as well!
There are times in our lives when we have to sit with our mobile phones switched off – such as those quiet coaches on trains, restaurants, the theatre, cinema or your local funeral or in colleges and hostels where cell phones are banned.
However, what happens when you need to know if someone has called? Maybe you can take the call outside or maybe you need to know that a text has been sent. Sure, you could put the handset onto vibrate mode but that can often produces a noise loud enouh to be frowned upon.
On the other hand, your phone may be stuffed in a bag so that you miss the vibration action altogether.
This is where the Tele-Egg comes in. When a call arrives the little guy wiggles his legs like there’s no tomorrow, giving you a perfect visual indication that there’s mobile activity a-foot…as it were. The Tele-Egg costs just £3.99…. Pretty low for a cutie like this! 😛
EGGY STORY 2
Designer Roman Tubl wasn’t concerned with integrating the latest and greatest in his EGG mobile phone concept. He just wanted something functional and easy to use with some eye candy for people who like their phones flashy – literally.
The soft rounded body is surrounded by an illuminated red strip. The surface of the phone consists of a flexi true color display for tactile touchscreen feedback. You’ve also got your standard data ports like bluetooth, USB, and Wifi in addition to a 3.2 megapixel camera and a snazzy amount of memory – up to 4 GB.
This is extremely comfortable to hold and seems like the right thing to buy for anyone who is looking for anything stylish.