Here’s a little piece of sunshine in the form of an iPhone App. Launch Barcodas and scan a barcode into it using the iPhone’s camera. It will turn the barcode into a musical sequence. You can change the tempo of your new audio sequence and share it on Facebook. Now I finally have something to do other than filling my cart while shopping in the supermarket.
“The barcodas app scans any ean (8 or 13) or upc (e or a) barcode and turns it into a musical pattern in a user-selectable harmonic scale. Imagine walking into a supermarket filled with thousands of tunes to discover, supermarket symphony! Share the barcodes you love listening to on Facebook, so all your barcodas friends can scan them too.” – nr74.org/barcodas.html
QR Codes are going to be everywhere soon. They are similar to bar codes and already very popular in Japan. Japanese teenagers print T-shirts with QR codes on them. When the shirts are shot with a phone camera it launches their homepage. Tell me that’s not pretty cool. I created the above QR code which will take you to Wire to the Ear. I used a free service found at: qrcode.kaywa.com
There are a few QR Code readers for the iPhone. There is a free QR Code reader named Barcodes. Barcodes does the magic trick well: You take a photo of a QR Code, it scans it and asks you if you want to launch the URL.
iCandy is a service that matches QR Code creation with sharing and printing. Without a doubt I’m going to put a QR code to my latest album on the back of my business cards.