More and more it’s becoming commonplace to see a QR code – or “QR barcode” – in all sorts of places. In part that’s because there is a free app for nearly every smart phone that includes a QR code reader (most bar code scanner apps also include a QR code scanner). Also, it’s pretty easy to generate a QR code; you just go to a QR barcode generator website, plug in your info, and voila, you have your very own QR code. “QR”, by the way, stands for ‘quick response.’
But it’s what people are doing with QR codes that is interesting. QR Codes can be found on the sides of buildings (containing rental or sales information), in store windows and, even, on grave stones.
There is a QR code on the grave stone of Faye Garneau’s dear, departed husband, Ed. If you scan Garneau’s QR code, it takes you to a website with pictures of Ed Garneau, his bio, and a copy of his obituary. In addition, friends and family members can add more stories and pictures in the future.
Says Garneau’s widow, “I think it’s a neat deal. It kind of keeps people alive a little longer, down through the generations.”
Other places that QR codes are popping up are on certain routes and trails. For example, the Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida has roadside and trail-side QR codes that lead to information and videos for visitors to the refuge.
And they are popping up on t-shirts too. In Boulder, Colorado, a local band called SoundRabbit has QR codes on their t-shirts that lead to their website, offering free music downloads.
And a church in Louisiana even has QR codes in their church bulletins, leading to sign up information for their church programs. Says Marilyn Boudreaux of the first time she noticed the QR code in her church bulletine, “I was like, wow — we are with the times.” But, she admits that seeing it during the church service was distracting – “I wanted to pull out my phone, and scan it,” says Boudreaux.
Here is a QR code for the Internet Patrol – you can try scanning it with your cell phone’s barcode scanner:
You can go here to make your own QR code.