The pajamas you see below are called Smart PJs. Each of these kids pajamas have dots all over them. Those dots are QR codes. Each one has 50 different codes on it. When bedtime comes, the parents and children simply scan one of the dot clusters on the PJs and then sit back and watch their bedtime story unfold on their mobile device through the free Smart PJs mobile app. *
I was going to complain about the plants (not all carnivores) and the lack of QR codes on some of the work, but then I got to the Nepenthes ?truncata? approx 4 minutes in and I ceased to care. This work serves a lovely counterpoint to the plodding ugly misuse of QR codes that’s bog standard currently. Side opinion – QR codes are wonderful when they are Easter eggs or lagniappe – a little fun extra. They’re OK when they’re a way for some of your audience to bypass typing in a URL. They’re awful when they’re central and thus a roadblock for anyone who can’t scan.
Wow – the links are coming fast and furious. Critical mass reached?
The most frightening QR Hobo Code – Bad Coffee:
We present QR_STENCILER, a free, fully-automated utility which converts QR codes into vector-based stencil patterns suitable for laser-cutting. Additionally, we present QR_HOBO_CODES, a series of one hundred QR stencil designs which, covertly marked in urban spaces, may be used to warn people about danger or clue them into good situations.*
According to Arnadottir, “Beads have been used as a communication tool and to express individual identity in African culture and we also use “beads” (pixels) in the digital culture as a communication tool and to express our identities online.” *
Each Nerdlepoint canvas is a unique QRcode marked on a piece of 13-count Zweigart “orange stripe” mono canvas. (It doesn’t really need all those adjectives, but I like describing the canvas as though it were a blued-steel submachine gun in a pompous 80s spy novel.)
Each canvas contains a unique QRcode. When you buy the pattern, you get a passcode that lets you redirect that QRcoded URL anywhere you like. The back-end platform is the same as the one I use for www.p8tch.com.