|This QR code should link to |
My Costco flyer that arrived in the mail this afternoon had one, which, apparently, if I can scan to be connected to Costco Services experts.
Except that I don't have anything to scan it with. I don't even have a cell phone much less a smart phone that can scan this stuff. I suppose I could take a photo of it with my camera and find somewhere online that could decode the message--presumably, it's a URL. But it's not worth the effort. I just don't care enough about Costco Services experts to bother. =)
But I'm still fascinated by these little things. And on my walk this afternoon, an idea hit me--maybe I can use them on Atlas Quest! Have them printed out with clues then, anyone who can scan them, could be taken directly to the "record find" page on AQ. No messing with searching for the box online, or keeping track of the box ID. Scan and go directly to the page to record your find.
Nobody has ever asked for this feature.... it just strikes me as immensely interesting. I wasn't even sure if I could implement this feature. How are these QR codes created? Are they patented or something? I didn't know!
So I did a bit of research, found some code online that can programmatically create QR codes, and started messing around with them a bit. Fun times! =)
And I added QR codes to clues. For instance, take my Los Osos Oaks clue. If you scan the QR code, it'll take you to the page to record a find for that series. If necessary, you'll be redirected to log into Atlas Quest before you can record your find. (Obviously, it's tough to record your find properly if we don't know who you are!)
It's also possible to print these codes and tape them into your letterboxes. Perhaps more people will record the find if you're into that thing? Or perhaps they'll just ignore it. Who knows? =) You could even leave a QR code to points to the main page of AQ if you want to make it easy for muggles who find your box to learn more about letterboxing. (The QR code at the top of this post does just that. Or at least it's supposed to--like I said before, I can't actually scan these things!)
Anyhow, it seemed like a fun thing to add. What do the rest of you think, though?