Each pajama pair comes with approximately 50 colored barcodes that can be scanned by mobile devices.
A father in Idaho Falls, has developed a new high tech way to incorporate smartphone technology into the bedtime experience for children, through the use of QR codes printed directly onto their pajamas.
The man, Juan Murdoch, is calling his invention “Smart PJs” and has made something old new again.
Murdoch explained that “It’s a new spin on pajamas. Pajamas have been around for thousands of years and this is something new.” He credits his role as a parent, and not his actual occupation as the source of his inspiration for the PJs. He is actually a full time local realtor, and not an inventor, but he said that the idea for the QR codes on the pajamas just came to him.
The idea is to have the QR codes on the pajamas tell stories and sing lullabies to children.
He explained that “I don’t know if it was the dad in me,” saying that he and his wife have six children, so with that many kids, he knows how important it is to have a bedtime story. The dots all over the pajamas work as QR codes that can be scanned by smartphones and tablets.
Devices running on the Android and iOS operating systems can download the Smart PJs app so that they can scan the nearly 50 different QR codes on the pajamas. The app is free and allows the dots to be scanned just as regular barcodes would be.
Murdoch instructed that all that is needed is to take a picture of one of groups of dots on the pajamas, then make sure that only one has been captured, and the save button should be tapped. Then, the smartphone or tablet device uses the information from the QR codes to sing a lullaby, read a book, or provide the child with some interesting facts about animals that he or she might like. Each of the barcodes is different.
Now, Murdoch has decided to produce and market his pajamas with QR codes so that other children can benefit just as his own have.