Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Update: QR Codes An Exciting Technology

The following information was gleaned at Rootstech 2012
class provided by Thomas Mac Entee
Still A Viable Technology  

Smart phones and digital technology have created another wonderful family history application. Picture this, you come upon the gravesite of a person who might possibly be an ancestor. It has a QR code embedded in it, such as the one above. You place your smart phone against the QR code and it delivers the story of the ancestor buried there.

QR Code stands for “quick response code” and is much like the bar codes we’ve become used to seeing on our packaged foods at the grocery store as well as any retail item. A QR code works in much the same way – it can be scanned and deliver to the user a website, a document, or even a family tree or a biography of an ancestor.
When you think QR codes think “more” or “scan for more information.” The scanning process is performed with the camera built in to most smart phones or mobile devices. A special “app” (most if not all are free) reads the image from the camera and then uses the device’s web browser to display the information.

QR codes are becoming more popular because more and more people are using smart phones and devices to access information. These devices already have the tools needed for someone to access the information wtihin a QR code:

Of course there are numerous other applications: Place it on a poster or other media as an advertising purpose, put it on a business card, place it in a manual, in a book, on a website, and of course on a grave marker.

Generate Your Own QR

Now that you understand more about QRcCodes and their possible uses, you might want to generate your own. There are many websites and applications – again, most are free – which can take your URL or text and convert it into a QR code. A partial list of QR code generation apps and websites can be found in the Links section below.

QR Code Readers

QR Code Generators
Google Chart Tools – QR Code Generator
QR Code Uses – Business Cards
TEC-IT QR Code Business Cards
QR Code Uses - Conferences

QR Code Uses - Documents
QR Code Uses - General
QR Code Uses – Headstones & Memorials
Living Headstone™
QR Code Uses - Libraries
QR Code Uses – Historical Sites
QR Code Uses – Museums

1 comment:

  1. Hello Larry,

    I really enjoyed reading this article. I would like to introduce my website, www.eloops.com to you. We share a similar service and wish that you would place our memorial website with QR code technology under the QR code uses - Headstones & Memorials section of this page. It would mean the world to me if you could add my website to your article. Either way, I look forward to hearing from you!

    Thank you for your time,

    Gene Geist