Thursday, October 26, 2006

Windows Live Barcode

Windows Live Barcode

"What is Windows Live Barcode

Windows Live Barcode is a set of services that transfer information between various media (PCs, billboards, magazines etc.) and handsets via Quick Response Code (QR Code), a two-dimensional barcode. It provides a new method for people to exchange information and enjoy various online services on handsets. Windows Live Barcode aims to enhance handset utility and provide you with more convenience and flexibility.

What is QR Code

The QR Code is a two-dimensional barcode. It contains a considerably greater volume of information in both vertical and horizontal directions than typical barcode in one dimension. "

I thought this a hoax/joke at first. Windows Live Barcode? LOL

But it's not and kind of makes sense.

It's meant to turn your Mobile device/camera in your phone into a  barcode scanner.

You create the QR Code, the bar code. Print it, post it on a web site, display it somewhere, put it on your business card, etc. Then with the Live Barcode app on your cell, you take a picture of the barcode. The app then converts that bar code into text or a new Contact.

A QR Code can contain 450 characters of text or a kind of business card.

For mobile devices without a keyboard, it might really come in handy. A low tech, yet very easy method, to share a bit of data.

Here's an example.

If you had the Live Barcode app, you could point your cell phone's camera at your display and take a picture of this QR Code.

The app would translate it into this text;

"My name is Greg Duncan and my blog is Greg's Cool [Insert Clever Name] of the Day at"

I think that's actually pretty darn cool...

(via MS Tech Today - Windows Live Barcode Launches)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

neomedia has the patent rights for this type of barcode its called qode