Add Web Links with QR Codes

QR Square 2_HCQR Codes are 2D bar codes that are easily read by smart phones and other devices. These codes easily allow web sites, videos, and other files to be included in a relatively static photo book or other project. Best of all they are low cost or free. These codes can be created on a smart phone or PC. For the iPhone, try QR Code Generator, FancyQR, or Colorful QR. Other applications are available for PC, Android, or the web.

YouTube QRBecause QR codes can incorporate any web site or file with an associated url, there is no limit to what can be incorporated into the code. For example, the QR code to the right links to a YouTube video showing my wife heading down a snow-covered slope in an inner tube. I have always liked this video, and now I can easily find it.

QR codes are also amazingly resilient when it comes to damage. For a study comparing the readability of damaged and distorted QR codes, see Wounded QR Codes. In this study, most of the QR codes shown below were readable.

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About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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3 Responses to Add Web Links with QR Codes

  1. For some reason, reading your blog makes me think of my wedding video in VHS format. It was the hip and happening thing at the time, but technology changes so rapidly that it’s probably almost too late to have it converted to DVD. I can’t imagine QR codes will be relevant at all 50 years from now, or even 10. However, I do see the value of including them for readers in the present. Another thought provoking blog, Mark. Thank you.

  2. carriecamila says:

    Hi! Yes technology is change rapidly. I can make QR codes my self. It is very easy to make my own QR codes of different web sides. It is free and I can share important data with others.

  3. seandale2 says:

    Almost everyone have a smart phone, at the same time, QR Code also throughout our lives.Whether in restaurants, supermarkets, shops, bus schedule, TV commercials, we can see QR Code, which has become a commercial tool. Every time we see QR Code, people can’t help to sweep it,thus,achieving a commercial goal.
    how to add a qrcode into microsoft word

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