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QR Codes on Concert Posters

January 17th, 2011

I’ve had an Android phone phone for a bit over a week now, and already I’m seeing the possibilities.

One of my little bug bears is that I see posters up for concerts and think ‘Oh that would be cool to go to’ – and then totally forget when the evening rolls around.

In theory, I can put these concerts into the calendar on my phone, but often, that’s just not feasible.

However, there’s a neat bit of software by ZXing that will scan in QR codes, or the equivalent for iPhones. QR codes can embed information in various formats, including events. Here’s one below.

I’d go to so many more events if posters had these.

Update @ 1350 17th Jan: Changed the iPhone link for a free App.

Update @ 1525 17th Jan: Replaced the QR code with one generated locally. Some reader implementations were returning very strange results. If you’re reading this and could try the above code and leave a comment with the software you use and the results it gives, that would be awesome.

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  1. brenda
    January 17th, 2011 at 03:42 | #1

    and why don’t real estate agents have these?

    I looked at a house this weekend, and then saw another for sale 2 blocks away. If it had a QR code i could go grab the url and see all the details right there. but no, i have to search fruitlessly on a realestate agent’s website, that really wasn’t made with mobile in mind, and not find it.

    • Edward
      January 17th, 2011 at 04:22 | #2

      I suspect they don’t, because no one else in their industry does it. Look at how many of them keep trying to ignore Trademe.

  2. james
    January 22nd, 2011 at 05:05 | #3

    Nice. I’m picking up my Android phone in a weeks time in Turkey. I bought it with one thing in mind, (voice input of places I need to be), and in that time I’ve discovered it can do about a million more things. Not that I’m going to be seeing many QR codes in the near future. Although I have seen them in a few books, which link to more content on the internet. Very cool.

    The future is win.

  3. Edward
    January 28th, 2011 at 11:14 | #4

    Yep, that’s pretty much been my experience. “Oh, I can do this, and this… and this… and this… and… how the heck did I get along without this?”

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