QR Code History And Facts

It was a company called Denso Wave who are a subsidiary of Toyota, that first developed the QR code. This square looking symbol was designed to keep track of vehicles in the production process. It was designed to be read at very fast speeds with a very high accuracy rate. The code can be read vertically or horizontally. (The term “QR” is short for the term “Quick Response”.)

It did not take long for other businesses to jump on board and take advantage of this technology. However, by far the biggest commercial use of the QR codes is in the telecommunication industry. It is the mobile smart phone that is driving its popularity.

QR-Codes have become more popular than the typical barcode as the typical barcode can only hold a maximum of 20 digits, whereas the QR-Code can hold up to 7,089 characters. This makes the use and diversity of QR-Codes much more appealing.

QR-Codes are capable of encoding the same amount of data in approximately one-tenth the space of a traditional barcode. QR-Codes are capable of handling of sorts of data, including numbers, alphabetic characters, Kanji, Kana, Hiragana, symbols, binary and control codes.

There is still more!!! Another very important feature of QR-Codes is the fact that you do not need to scan them from a certain direction. A QR-Code is capable of omnidirectional (360 degree’s) high-speed reading. The secret to be able to determine the correct way to decode, is the three specific squares that are positioned in the corners of the symbol.

Many Android, Nokia, Blackberry handsets, and the Nintendo 3DS, come with QR code readers installed. QR reader software is available for most mobile platforms. The QR-Code effectively bridges the mobile phone users onto the mobile web. (and saves that manual entry)

World wide usage of the QR code usage is expanding rapidly. In the USA, for the month of June 2011, according to one study, 14 million mobile users scanned a QR code or a barcode. Some 58% of those users scanned a QR or bar code from their home, while 39% scanned from retail stores; 53% of the 14 million users were men between the ages of 18 and 34. Interestingly, 52% of the QR codes scans last year were to acquire “additional information”.

References:
Wikipedia
Mobile barcodes