I just discovered what those 2 dimensional bar code like tags are. They are called QR Codes and they are very kewl. I guess the reason they are so kewl is because
- They are VERY easy to create yourself with anything you want in them
- It should be pretty easy for anyone with a modern cell phone (iPhone app == 2dSense, and is free) to scan them.
- Most scanning programs do things like navigate directly to a URL if that’s what’s encoded
This means you can do things like put one of these tags on a physical object and cause that object to make your phone navigate to a webpage describing the thing it’s attached to.
The following page lets you generate them: http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
Here are some I generated – you’ll have to get the a scanner working to read these
I anticipate I’ll be using these – I just haven’t imagined how yet.
Here’s a site that let’s you create a patch out of one – but it’s not quite as kewl as possible, as you have to make a link that goes through his site – but still a kewl idea.