What Is A QR Code?

QR Codes come to us from Japan as a new innovation. They are much like the barcodes used on every product you buy these days, but instead of representing itself as vertical black and white bars, it is square and is made up of many smaller squares which represent information to a QR Code reader. One reason they are more useful than a barcode is that they can store (and digitally present) unlimited data, including url links, geo coordinates, and text. The other key feature of QR Codes is that instead of requiring a chunky hand-held scanner, cell phones can now scan them. Your cell phone (smart phone) can basically act as a QR Code reader!

QR Code readers are little applications or programs that you can easily install on any smartphone (usually for free) and then scan a QR Code. Once scanned the QR Code is decoded into human readable content. It can be an address, a contact card, a website or anything you like. The great thing is, that by scanning the code you can get not only a copy of the human readable data, but also eliminate input errors to obtain unlimited data.

Take the QR Code below for example; it stores the link information to one of our memorial websites:

qr code mcandrewSimply scan this with your phone’s QR Code reader to be shown the link to the Memorial Website. Otherwise, just click the QR Code and you will be directed to the sample site immediately.

Imagine building a Memorial Website for your loved ones and then adding a QR Code at the grave site… Future generation for years to come could be able to access the site and all its valuable historic family meaning. You and your loved ones could be connecting long lost distant relatives, informing youth of their roots, and uniting the past with the present long after we have all had our moment on earth!

With all the interest in family trees and family origins in this day and age, what better tribute could you offer to your family and the generations to come after you?