QR codes history

It’s fine if you don’t know what QR codes are (yet!).

Before we lept head first into the world of QR codes here at Unitag we wouldn’t have been able to convincingly explain what a QR code is either. So you’re in good company!

Let’s dive in together and get a clearer picture of what a QR code is exactly and how it can open up a new world of possibilities for you and your business.

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First, what exactly does the QR stand for?

It stands for “Quick Response”!

And that’s exactly what it does. It gives you a quick response. But how exactly? And what does that even mean? How will it help you? Let’s dig into the backstory of QR codes.

QR codes have been rising in use since 1994 when they were first created by Denso Wave, a Japanese company. Denso Wave created them because there was a need for a different type of barcode. One that could open up new possibilities through containing more information and than traditional barcodes had up until then.

Traditional bar codes simply can’t contain as much information and aren’t as efficient as QR codes.

Also, unlike traditional barcodes, QR codes can be scanned easily from multiple angles.

You remember that time when you got held up in a queue at the supermarket because the barcode wouldn’t scan until the cashier got the angle correct? It’s annoying right?

That just doesn’t happen with QR codes! And that matters, because you want your customers to be able to access whatever information you are sharing through a QR code easily. Otherwise they’ll get frustrated and you’ll lose them.

So, QR codes first got used in manufacturing when they were developed by Denso Wave as you could pack more information onto a QR code, but also, because they’re way easier to scan than say a regular bar code, you can end up scanning hundreds of codes and just do it quickly. It’s way more efficient.

Over time QR codes have gone way beyond their origins in manufacturing and we see them in museums, product packaging, restaurant menus.

Here at Unitag, we believe that this is just the beginning, QR codes will find their way into so many more aspects of our everyday lives. It’s why we started Unitag. We want to play a role in what is to come. We want to serve you and your business’ needs and listen to how we can find new ways to use QR codes to solve problems in your business.

Want to learn more about how easy it is to set up and use Unitag’s QR code solutions for your business?

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