N.Y. Times – Bar Codes Can Talk With Your Cellphone

You might recall that about a month ago I did a piece on QR codes and cellphone navigation. Just a few days ago the New York Times did a piece on Bar Codes That Can Talk With You 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. ; )


  1. The ‘High Street Bank’ thread over on TW should interest you you too :)

  2. The next Mobile Codes Consortium will be held next week, May 10, 2007.

    If you are interested to know more about Qode, please see Mr. Jeff Mould’s blog.
    He’s the President and CEO of Announce Mobile.

    My favorite blog posts:
    Why Qode?
    2D codes…again
    Qode – an indepth look at the technology
    Why Qode is valuable to Hip2D?

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