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Q R Codes

QRCodes

What is a QRCode (Quick Response Code)?

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 and this ability is being seen on more and more handsets across the world.

Although initially used for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR Codes are now used in a much broader context, including both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile phone users (known as mobile tagging). QR Codes storing addresses and URLs may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, business cards or just about any object that users might need information about. Users with a camera phone equipped with the correct reader software can scan the image of the QR Code causing the phone's browser to launch and redirect to the programmed URL. This act of linking from physical world objects is known as a hardlink or physical world hyperlinks.

How Can I Read QRCodes?

It's simply a case of holding your mobile phone camera up to the bar code, it will then decode the QRCode, then ask you to add the contacts details as a new contact, divert you to a website or display the text contained within the QRCode. A lot of new mobile phones now have the software installed to read these codes when they leave the factory. If your mobile phone does not, visit www.i-nigma.com on your computer or i-nigma.mobi on your mobile phone. Visiting via you mobile phone will allow the site to detect the correct software to install for the handset. It's completely free.

How Can I Use QRCodes?

As the public and businesses become more aware of the capabilities of QRCodes and the technology, they'll be seen more and more, especially as more mobile handsets leave the factories with the software to read these codes pre-installed. Many business cards already feature a QRCode, allowing contact and web information to accessed instantly without having to type the information into your handset. Advertisers are realising the power of this technology to instantly push potential customers to exactly the right wap page. They can be used in brochures and catalogues to offer alternative translations of page content. They can be used to direct readers to far more detailed information about a discussed subject. Moving your mouse over the link to our mobile site at the top of the page shows our mobile site QRCode, ensuring you are directed to our mobile site without any having to worry about typo's, etc.

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