Can I See Some Examples Of QR Codes? - Feb 2017
QR Codes hold many different types of data, While with the naked eye you can’t tell what type of data a QR Code holds, your QR Code scanner can and will process data differently based on its data type. This page contains examples of some of the more common data types. You can scan them straight off the screen with your QR Code scanner.
When you're scanning these codes, you will notice that the different types of data behave in different ways, for example if the code contains a URL, the scanner is able to launch your browser and take you straight to that URL. If it contains contact details then It can save them directly to your address book, This versatility offers a variety of uses for QR Codes.
It's important to note that not all data types are supported by all barcode scanners. For example the “Barcode Scanner” app on Google Android back in 2009 would not decode all "Calendar Event" types. In addition, a lot of apps still struggle to read Frame QR Codes and Micro QR Codes. So there is a dependency on the reader and you should carry out your own testing and research at the time of your campaign to gauge the best approach.
There are other data types available and clever uses for QR Codes, this includes using a QR Code to drive a facebook like or generate a tweet on Twitter.
WiFi keys are a very useful data type for everyday use. If you create a QR Code for your home WiFi, you can use it to very quickly connect a smartphone or tablet to your WiFi network, and more importantly give guests access to your network without having to read out the settings for them to input manually. If the scanner used is an app running on the Android operating system, then the app can input and connect directly to the WIFi network offering the best user experience. If its an Apple product on iOS (as of Feb 2017), then the QR Code scanner can't do this direct and will show the WiFi Key and SSID on screen for the user to copy and past into the iPhone WiFi setup wizard. Still easier then reading it out and typing it in. Think about how useful this could be in an office for sharing a WiFi login with many users.
The examples above are examples of the different types of QR Code in their basic form, but there are ways you can make your QR Codes more exciting, and we have some great examples of people creating more artistic QR Codes here. We discuss how this is possible in a bit more depth here.
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