So I was at work and when I was in the kitchen I saw a can of fly spray and that was kinda cool but then at the end of the ingredients I saw a QR code and I was all like “why would any one put a QR code on a can of fly spray?” and “I bet there are millions of folks downloading the QR scanner and then taking the time to scan this QR code on this can of fly spray”.
I don’t know about you but I’ve never used a QR code in my life but the fact that there was a QR code on this can of fly spray really made me excited. I wondered what the QR code would link to; an amazing game where you had to spray as many flies as you can in a minute or an incredible mobile optimised website where you can detect flies in your area, or even a Wikipedia page about insects. Verily, my mind was buzzing with ideas!
I explained my situation to my colleague, Laura, who is so funny, I mean, like, hillarious, and she said “it’s probably used for stock control”. I mean! hahaaaa!
So the first step to my journey into another dimension was to download a QR reader to my iPhone, which in itself is a pain because I have to keep re-entering my iTunes password because Apple think I’ve turned into a different person since the last app I downloaded. I digress.
So once that was all sorted I tried to scan in the QR code. And tried again. And again. It turns out that the slightest movement means it doesn’t scan very well so I had to lay the can on a flat surface but then it kept rolling all over the place so I had to prop it up against something and then scan it.
Eventually i got it scanned.
And guess where it took me!
That’s right, a non-mobile optimised website about air fresheners. I’m so sad.
But have you tried QR codes? What did you think? Do you think they are the way of the future or a totally impractical gimmick save for a very few real world scenarios where they could realistically be used as a short cut to access and process data? Either way, share your thoughts in the comments. Or Twitter.