QR code inventor happy with its use in battle against COVID-19

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Masahiro Hara first developed the square black and white barcodes for the automotive industry. When Masahiro Hara first became the QR code inventor a quarter of a century ago, the idea was to solve a problem that had nothing to do with public health. When the idea came to him, he ran off from a lunchtime game of Go to make it happen. It was the look of the ancient strategy game and the way the stones were arranged on the playing board that inspired the QR code inventor to…

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This year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is brought to you by QR codes

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The NYC holiday landmark is using technology to help visitors maintain social distancing. For many families, visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a tradition, but this year, some advance planning and QR code scanning will be required. The lighting ceremony already took place weeks ago, but it is still a lovely part of the holidays. This year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a Norway Spruce towering 75 feet over the space. That said, just because there’s a lot of room, it doesn’t mean it can stand up to the…

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Mickey Mouse and other fake QR code profiles sabotage Australian contact tracing

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Officials are urging NSW residents to stop identifying themselves as Donald Duck. Fake QR code profiles such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are being used in the New South Wales, Australia contact tracing system, sabotaging its effectiveness. Residents of the state are being urged to complete their barcodes accurately to boost their effectiveness. NSW residents have been asked to complete accurate QR code profiles as fake names and phone numbers will stop them from being notified in case of exposure. “What we are finding is that some of the…

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Regal Beloit Corporation adds QR code stickers to its products

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The company’s mounted bearing products will all receive barcodes that can be scanned. Electric motor manufacturer, Regal Beloit Corporation, has announced that it will be adding QR code stickers to all its mounted bearing products. The barcodes provide customers with access to a wealth of tools and information about the products. Regal, a manufacturer of electric motion controls, electric motors, power transmission components, and power generation made the announcement that its Browning and Sealmaster mounted bearing products would all have the QR code stickers added to them. The quick response…

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School library QR codes help kids with contactless browsing

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An Alden, New York teacher created 150 quick response barcodes to make it easier to peruse books. A teacher from Alden, New York has generated 150 school library QR codes to support students who want to use the resources in a touch-free way. This allows students to access these resources and books while reducing the spread of germs. The library media specialist at Alden High School wanted to reduce the need to touch the books. Ann Sobol from Alden High School came up with the idea for the school library…

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