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Shop at a virtual supermarket and more with QR Codes

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QR codes are awesome. I don’t care how geeky that sounds cause it’s true. Clearly we’re not the only ones who think so with the recent and explosive 1200% increase in the use of QR codes in North America.

What makes QR codes really cool is the fact that there is literally no end to how they can be used. It can be as creative as creating a scannable and edible waffle that leads to a specific URL, or as useful as appearing in campaign signs. It can even be used in architecture, as is being done in Dubai.

Fight crime

QR codes are going to be put to use by the Vancouver Police in their efforts to catch a sex offender. The QR codes have been placed on wanted posters linking to additional information about the criminal including composite sketches and a description of the man. The posters have been placed in restaurants and bars around Vancouver.

Shop at a virtual supermarket

In Korea, Tesco has created virtual supermarkets using QR Codes. Virtual displays have been placed in subway stations where shoppers can scan the QR codes of products, and the item is automatically added to their shopping cart. The online purchase is then delivered to your home. To see the method in action, watch the video below:

Interact with a hip-hop music video

QR codes are slowly making their way it into pop culture. Los Angeles based Korean MC,Shin-b takes interaction to a new level with her latest music video. The video is strewn with QR codes which lead to all sorts of different information – from a google search of her name to her Twitter profile. Of course in order to catch the QR codes, you’ll have to constantly pause the video. If you want to try it out for yourselves, check out the video below:

Leave hidden messages

Well they wouldn’t be entirely hidden to anyone who knows what a QR code is, but using a basic QR code generator, like this one or this one, you can type whatever you want and leave the message to be found by someone, as an ultra-modern version of a message in a bottle.

You can also use this method to create a pre-populated email message. Digital Inspiration provides the easy method using the MATMSG identifier. To create the email, use this exact format, down to the semi-colons:

BODY:Start the body of your email here.

Insert all the comments you want to here.


In the body of the email you can create separate paragraphs.

Try out the QR code below to see how it works with your phone:

Learn more about your meal

Boston restaurant Taranta has incorporated QR codes into its meals. Using a rubber stamp or silk screen QR codes, your dish at Taranta comes with a scannable code on fish orders telling you where and when the fish was caught, and when it was delivered to the restaurant.

Create Art

There is no limit to the kind of scannable art that can be created using QR Codes. One of the most recent examples comes courtesy of QR Dress Code. The exhibition consists only of art created with the QR code in mind, all of which is fully scannable. The interesting thing about how they use the QR codes is that the links don’t just lead you to more information on the artist, but can actually lead you to additional works of art.

Check out the French video below to get a better idea of what the exhibition consisted of, and you can also scan a few of the QR codes yourself to see the art for yourself.

Have you seen any interesting uses of QR codes in the wild? Let us know about them in the comments



Lesotho-born and raised, Nancy Messieh is an Egyptian writer and photographer based in Cairo, Egypt. Follow her on TwitterFlickr,Diptychal.com or get in touch at nancy@thenextweb.com


Written by Kees Winkel

June 25, 2011 at 10:29

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Samsung sells 1 million Galaxy S II units, talks Galaxy S III

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Watch out for the Koreans:

Samsung is the jewel of South Korea, so it’s no surprise to hear that their phones are some of the most popular selling devices in their native country. The first Galaxy S took just 70 days to sell 1 million units, but the newer Galaxy S II that’s just been launched obliterated that record and has managed to ship the same 1 million units in only 30 days. That makes the Galaxy S II the fastest selling smartphone in South Korea, faster than even the iPhone 4. When Samsung was asked what they attribute to the fabulous sales, they talked about the improved screen, 21 Mbps 3G modem, 8.9 mm body, and the new version of TouchWiz. Oddly they didn’t mention the dual core processor inside or near field communication (NFC). It’s expected that 10 million Galaxy S II units will be sold by the end of 2011, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see that number hitting 11 or 12 million, especially after it comes to America’s shores on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

Looking into our crystal ball, what might the next Galaxy S have inside and when will it hit the market? J.K. Shin, President of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Division, told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview that the Galaxy S III will launch during the first half of 2012, but failed to provide any more details. We’re thinking that like the Galaxy S II it’s going to feature a dual core processor and NFC, but instead of a 4.3 inch screen it’ll shrink back down to a more manageable 4 inch display that will be ultra compact too since it’ll run Ice Cream Sandwich, which we believe will pave the way for Android devices with no physical buttons on the front of the handset.

Expect to hear a lot more leaks come out as we get closer to February 2012, the likely month when the Galaxy S III will be unveiled.

via Samsung sells 1 million Galaxy S II units, talks Galaxy S III.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 30, 2011 at 12:48

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