N.Y. Times – Bar Codes Can Talk With Your Cellphone
It sounds like something straight out of a futuristic film: House hunters, driving past a for-sale sign, stop and point their cellphone at the sign. With a click, their cellphone screen displays the asking price, the number of bedrooms and baths and lots of other details about the house.
I don’t know how long bar codes have been around, but I know they’ve been around long enough that I didn’t equate cellphones with scanner technology as “something out of a futuristic film”. Let’s be honest though, to a writer at the N.Y. Times it might seem like the Jetsons have landed.
Until now, in most parts of the world, Web surfing has been separate from everyday activities like riding the train, watching television and driving. But the new technology may erode that distinction.
“You’ve picked up this product, and you don’t want to go back to your PC,” said Tim Kindberg, a senior research at the Bristol, England, lab of Hewlett-Packard. “Or you’re outside this building, and you want more information. We call it the ‘physical hyperlink.’ ”
Look for more “physical hyperlinks” at a location near you.
psst – The NY Times has finally merged cell phone into one word. It’s safe for the rest of us to do the same now. ; )