Donating via SMS – using QR Codes

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One of the greatest cultural achievements of the last Labour Government was making museum entry free for everyone. Whether you’re rich, poor, British, foreign, young, old – you can enjoy the treasures of our museums and galleries. Of course, while museums are funded by the state, they still rely on generating some external revenue –…

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ASCII Art in QR Codes

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There are plenty of QR generators which will render the code in ASCII, but I wanted to try something a little different. Is it possible to hide ASCII Art into QR Codes? Errr…. yes… It’s pretty damn simple! I was surprised I couldn’t find anyone else doing this. (_/) (=’.’=) (“)_(“) Becomes: Which, when scanned,…

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QR Codes on Energy Bills

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This is a necropost – resurrected from the now defunct blog of a previous employer. Sadly, the follow-up post has fallen down the memory hole. You can still read Sharon’s response to it. Well, we can finally unwrap one of the little projects The Lab has been working on. Along with the Department of Energy…

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A New Life for QRpedia

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The QRpedia project I helped found has gone from strength to strength. It’s now in more museums, towns, and art galleries than ever before. It’s helping open up exhibits to people in hundreds of languages. That said, I’ve not been able to devote as much time as I would like to – nor have other…

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QR Codes in the Hardware Store

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I’m a big fan of QR codes. A few years ago, I did some work for a major UK retailer who wanted to put QR codes on some of their DIY products. Rather than ship expensive instructions with each item, there would be a QR code on the packaging which linked directly to a video…

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A QR Specification For Mobile Payments

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BitCoin and other crypto-currencies are gaining popularity at the moment – but I remain firmly convinced that they’re too hard for the average person to use. I have, however, watched with interest as an ecosystem grows around them. In particular, I like the way The Pirate Bay (and others) have used QR codes to facilitate…

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Lambeth's Brilliant QR Codes

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Strolling along London’s Southbank the other day, I came across one of those new-fangled information posts. Crudely stuck to it was a decidedly old-fashioned piece of paper bearing a planning notice. But! My my! What’s that in the lower left corner? A QR code! Unsurprisingly, scanning the code takes you directly to the planning application…

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A Small QR Tip

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One of my hobbies is looking for QR codes by leafing through the free papers which blight the city of London. Yes, I lead a tragic existence, but it keeps me off the streets – so let me be, eh? Most of the QR codes that I see now are pretty good. They have clear…

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Why QR Codes Are Perfect For The Internet of Things

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My first QR code post of 2013! I’m a long term fan of QR codes. I know some people don’t like the idea of augmenting reality with specific tags for computer vision – but I do. Some people prefer RFID/NFC. Others still prefer dedicated augmented video apps. As I’ve written many times before, QR codes…

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Why You Should Make Your QR Codes Unique

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Wandering around the steets of London, I came across this excellent initiative from Camden Council on how to use QR codes on street furniture. If you see that a light – or anything else – is damaged, you can scan the QR code and report the issue. There’s even a phone number and vanilla URL…

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