QR Codes (Updated): From Urinals And Bus Stops to National Parks to Art, Shopping and Tombstones

QR code above urinal

QR code above urinal at the Volta exhibition during the Armory Art Show March 2011 (Picture taken by the author. Click to enlarge)

We can observe more and more adoption of QR codes and their pervasiveness. In Asia you find these codes anywhere in the meantime and they allow quick responses usually by use of a smart phone’s QR reader.

I have seen them above urinals (in the mens’ room at the Volta Exhibit during the Armory Art Show in NYC last March, see right–the codel leads to a web page from collectors for collectors) as well as on city walls, in art and many other places.

In Florida there is now a bus line where you can get the schedule by pointing your smart phone to a plaque at the bus stop.

But this report is hinting to a novel use for QR codes: QR Code on Tombstone Creates Dynamic Memorial.

Here the picture of the QR code enhanced tombstone in Israel:

QR Code on Tombstone

Tombstone with a message. The message points to a memorial website. (Image as it appears in the article)

QR code

QR code from picture above

On the right is the code from the picture above:

The guy who ordered the tombstone said: “Scanning the QR code leads visitors to a tribute website that Medan has setup and plans to evolve with stories and photos from his mother’s life. “I [didn’t] know what we wanted to write [on the tombstone] and it will never be everything for everyone. By having something that is dynamic and can extend over time, we can capture it.”

Update (Jan. 2012): QR-Codes in National Parks

QR Code in Ding Darling National Refuge

QR Codes in Ding Darling National Refuge. Image by the author

On a recent visit to the J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida I noticed, that explanations about the wildlife are using QR codes on posts for adults and in a separate version for children.

The J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located on the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. It is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations.

J. N. “Ding” Darling is one of over 550 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service. (Quote from the official web site)

The QR-Codes help the visitors to get in-depth information on the wildlife and the ecosystem.

Update (March 2012): QR-Codes for Grocery Shopping in Subways

A novel use of QR-Codes is Tesco’s use of them for shopping. Instead of visiting a grocery store shoppers in South Korea can now walk along posters in subways and scan the QR-codes at the images of milk, eggs, meat etc. and shop while in the subway. Payment is immediate and delivery to the shoppers door a short while later. See the company video below.
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2 Responses to QR Codes (Updated): From Urinals And Bus Stops to National Parks to Art, Shopping and Tombstones

  1. Thanks for sharing this article. Many people are looking for new things to do with qr codes and this is the first article I have read about qr code tombstones. That is pretty awesome. I’m going to build a qr code generator just for that purpose this week. Qr codes will boom in 2012 for sure. Thanks for helping promote the use of qr codes. Feel free to get some ideas from http://www.rapidqrcodes.com and continue creating content about qr codes. Name the “No Name QR Code Creator” and get a free membership to rapid qr codes tracking. Thank you again.

  2. Thanks for your comment. On a recent trip I visited the first US national site to display QR-Codes on signs for adults and for children (!).
    The Park is the Ding Darling National Preserve on Sunibel Island, FL.

    I agree with you–QR Codes are getting more and more common. Almost 20% of advertisements in magazines are carrying now QR codes according to my estimate.

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