Sunday, November 27, 2011

Skanz's QR Scan Code Bracelets as Personal Hyperlinks

By on Sunday, November 27, 2011 10 Comments

Have you noticed QR (Quick Response) scan codes lately?  These are now increasingly visible as more people  have smartphones which can scan these codes.  This is part of  the coming augmented reality wave where you use your mobile device to access incredible amounts of information wherever you are. Bar codes are so yesterday!


For example, many airlines now let you choose to have your boarding passes sent to your mobile phone. Scanning the code on the screen at airport security checkpoints and at the gate will ensure your boarding pass info is updated automatically should your flight, gate or seat change.

Walk by a movie poster with a QR code, scan it in and you will instantly get reviews, the nearest cinema location and show times. Open a magazine and scan the codes to get additional web information on a feature. Even headstones have become interactive. Scanning the code on someone's gravestone will reveal the family's website biography about that person.

So it's no surprise QR codes have arrived on the hip accessory scene. Who needs business cards any more when you can wear a Skanz bracelet?  These silicon bracelets display your personal scan code which is linked to a webpage with your contact information and whatever you wish to share for example, your online sites.


Not into silicon bracelets? Your digital links can also reside as a QR profile on your phone so someone you meet could scan your information code into their phone.  Check out their video to show how Skanz works so you can "wear the web" and "share the world." 



You can read more about QR codes in this New York Times article.

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10 comments:

  1. I'll check out their video. Do you know if it tells you how to make a QR code to put on your phone? I'd love to have that on my phone for people. Thanks.

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  2. I think this sounds both cool and scary at the same time...cool for obvious reasons and scary as any stranger can just scan your bracelet and get all info about you..identity thefts will become much easier

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  3. Fascinating, Pearl. Just amazing and so cool! Thanks!

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  4. Guess it's what we are coming to!! Interesting.
    Carol
    designingIt

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  5. Wow...that is very interesting Pearl. I'm always slow to jump on the newest technology. I like to have i tested for a long time before I go with it. Took me forever to get a debit card, cell phone, text, etc.,I have to admit I absolutely love my iPhone, just got one this past June...I don't have apps just love to text)which I never did until I got my iPhone)and the calender...simplifies things for me.

    I'm not sure I'd like my info on my wrist??? Will have to research this, thanks for the info as I'd not heard about it.

    Enjoy your day...
    Cheers

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  6. Linda - you have to join the site so you can create your Skanz profile (and code) to use.

    It's probably okay if you use it like a business card - store, Facebook and Twitter URLs - anything that is already on the internet but not your personal stuff.

    Heather - you can get it on your phone too. You'll love having apps on your iphone! I do. Have fun with it!

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  7. Just FYI... for those worried about "identity theft."

    You can put a password on any site you create with Skanz bands. Also, you can send the QR code to any URL so you can set it up so it goes to your favorite website (BeadingGem.com anyone?)

    I've got a Skanz Band and I turned it into a cool watch band by slicing it with an xacto and decorated it with jibits recycled from my old crocs! Really fun stuff.

    dan

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  9. Now that is interesting - customization of a Skanz band. Thanks for sharing, Dan.

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  10. These different barcode styles really are cute as jewelry and craft supplies. They are much more attractive graphicly than the old kind of barcodes. In fact they sorta remind me of boxier versions of crop circles. Very cool indeed.

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