QR Codes and AR Update: September 2011

09/30/2011

Thanks to friends who share their RSS feeds I have some updates to note here.

Alexis Lebedew drew my attention to a ReadWriteWeb post Wikipedia Unveils Probably the Coolest QR Thingy Ever Made.The post reports that:

Wikipedia today introduced a program called QRPedia, a QR code creation service that lets users snap a picture of a QR code and be automatically directed to a linked mobile Wikipedia entry in whatever written language their phone uses. If there’s no article in their language for the designated topic, the program directs them to the most relevant related article that is available in that language. If you don’t have a QR reader on your phone, I use the Google iPhone app, myself. I dare you to find a cooler example of QR codes in action than QRPedia. Originally built at England’s Derby Museum and Gallery (by the museum’s Wikipedian in Residence!) the service is now available to anyone online.

Marshall Kirkpatrick, the author of the ReadWriteWeb post, writes:

I sure hope this catches on all over the place. Its adoption may be limited by the bravery required to point people to the collective consciousness, publicly editable discussion online about yourself or your organization.

A day before Marshall’s post The Australian newspaper reported the progress of colleagues’ work at the University of Canberra with Augmented Reality (AR). The project underway is titled ‘ARstudio: creating opportunities for multimodal layered learning through augmented reality’. There is some information about the project in the Unviversity of Canberra’s Monitor publication.

I have noticed Anise Smith’s Augmented Reality and the Future of the Internet Scoop.it page too and from that followed a path to Greg Tran’s thesis.

I have started the process of linking QR Codes and AR in my work and have used daqri as a platform.