What Are QR Codes Used For

Maybe a tough question when you ask someone who doesn’t have a clue what QR codes are…but now that you know that, the question has gotten a lot simpler to think about and answer huh? QR codes can be used for anything conventional bar codes are, so right there you have many functionalities. But there are a lot of things QR codes are capable of that conventional barcodes are not, due to their limitations. So how is this reflected in its applications?

QR codes have come a long way since their creation, having first been developed to help track parts in the manufacturing process of vehicles. Today they have a number of purposes, including transport ticketing, entertainment, commercial tracking, and product labeling/marketing, just to name a few. You can find QR codes being used to send audiences to a website for browsing, to bookmark a webpage, to initiate phone calls, send short messages, send emails, produce links to web URL’s, start chats with blackberry users, connect to WI-FI networks, access information, get coupons, view videos, purchase items, process orders, advertise products, etc.

    • Explaining QR Codes – An article helping to explain what QR codes are, and how they are used, and also provide examples of their use.
    • What is a QR Code? – Learn about what QR codes are and what you need to read one, and how Albertsons Library is utilizing QR codes. Watch a video about how QR codes are modifying how we access and gather information…by scanning a QR code to open the video! Also watch a video about potential uses for QR codes, and hear about QR code apps available to you.
  • Barcodes and QR Codes – From Stanford School of Medicine’s Information Resources and Technology, read all about: what QR codes are, the kinds of information they can store, common uses, how you can use them, and their limitations.
  • QR Code Information – From Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, learn about QR codes and their history, and areas they can be useful: such as marketing, help with research, linking to videos, contact information, job support and social media. Also find here helpful sources for additional information, QR code creation, and QR code reader downloads.