Tagged With qr codes

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When Daniel Korell scanned a QR code on a bottle of Heinz Ketchup, he got more than he bargained for. Rather than bring up the competition page he was expecting to see, it instead linked to a German porn site called Fundorado. Oops.

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Get your best buddies around for a movie marathon and before you can hit "play" they're all going to want access to your Wi-Fi. This is the age of the second screen experience after all. You could simply tell them your network's name and password, but here are a couple of alternatives that might be more convenient and add to your geek credentials at the same time.

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QR codes are a technology that desperately wants our attention. They appear everywhere from supermarket shelves and magazines to hiking trails and tombstones. Never heard of a QR code? You're looking at one right now. Scan the image at the top of this article, and it will open a link to the mobile version... of this article. Very meta.

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It's generally assumed that robots will eventually take over all jobs currently staffed by humans. But tending bar could be one of the hold outs, if this Social Drink Machine is any indication. It lets patrons place orders through a combination of social media, mobile apps and QR codes, but in this case the whole is unfortunately not greater than the sum of its parts.

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For all intents and purposes QR codes are a dead technology only being kept alive by marketing machine life support. For some reason advertising types think it’s easier for consumers to snap a photo of a pixelated square than remember a URL, but as Michael Ciuffo points out with his obfuscated QR code clock, it’s a “...technological convenience that really isn’t convenient.”

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Hopefully this is some kind of unfunny joke, but there is now a line of QR code clothing. Yeah, that's right. QRTribe makes hoodies, purses and t-shirts printed with these ugly things that no one uses. When you scan them, they'll take you to a page that has links to all of your social media profiles. Eureka!

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Picture this: You're sitting in La Premiere, watching the latest superhero blockbuster on the big screen. Just as the superhero in question is about to be pummelled by the bad guy, you have a sudden and irrepressible craving for a choc top. Do you leave the movie to satisfy your hunger, missing the key action sequence? Or do you suffer through until the movie shifts to the unavoidable romance subplot? The answer is neither, thanks to a new technology being trialled by Mastercard, Commbank and Hoyts.