You have probably spotted QR codes in magazines, on for sale signs, on TV, or even outside Varney's Book Store. Soon they will be coming to Hale Library too. In anticipation of questions you might have about them, we have created this short QR FAQ:
1. What is a QR Code?
A QR Code is a 2-dimensional barcode that encodes information such as an address for a website, words, a phone number, or an e-mail address.
2. How do they work?
When you see a QR code, you can decode it with a mobile phone, tablet computer, laptop or other smart device with both a camera and a QR code reader. To decode a QR code follow these simple steps:
- launch your QR code reader program
- bring the QR code into focus with your camera. For best results, the QR code should take up as much of the camera’s view as possible.
3. Where can I get a QR code reader?
- If you have a smart phone, your phone may already have a QR code reader. Most new Android phones and Blackberries do. Your phone’s application marketplace will have several QR code readers, some for free and others for a few dollars. Another option is to go to http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/. You will see a list of QR code readers compatible with your phone. Click the links to install them.
- If your camera phone is not a smart phone, you may be able to install a QR code reader. To find out, simply Google the name and model of your phone along with the words qr code reader.
- Conduct a Google search to find a list of recommended QR code readers.
4. Why is K-State Libraries using QR codes?
QR codes can be placed anywhere and can be used to connect the real-world to related online content or services. In addition, once you have practiced with a few QR codes, you will find that it is faster to scan a QR code than to type a url, or enter an e-mail address, phone number or business card information. Another reason is that they are more visually appealing than printed URLs or phone numbers. Finally, they are fun!
5. How can I learn more about QR codes?