So, you’re in a store or a restaurant and you see something that resembles a scrambled television screen or a magic eye puzzle. You have probably wondered what exactly it is. This is called a Quick Response code, better known as a QR code. At Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals, in Red Bank, New Jersey, we use QR codes as a way to interact with our customers. So that you can interact with us, we have some information for you on what exactly these codes are and how to use them!
QR codes were initially created to track parts in vehicle manufacturing. Today, the codes are used for several different purposes including, commercial tracking, entertainment, product marketing and in-store labeling. The codes work much like a bar code does. The placement of the pixel-like pieces in the code transmits to a picture, coupon, website or text for the user when they’re scanned.
While the general purpose of the codes is to get mobile device users to scan the codes using special phone applications, anyone can read a QR code using something called a Uniform Resource Identifier, or URI. It might sound complicated, but basically all that means is that you need to have an application either on your phone or computer than can read the code. Here is a complete list of applications for your computer or phone to get you started! If you don’t want to download anything on your phone, you can either take a picture of or print the codes and have someone else read it for you!
Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals is using QR codes as a fun way to not only give costumers little tidbits of information about different animals, but also a fun way to learn about our products and interact! The picture to the right is an example of one of our QR codes that we posted on our Facebook page! We asked “What animal has teeth, not in its mouth, but its stomach?” and users who scanned the code found out that the answer is a Crab!
Download one of the applications on your phone if you don’t have one already and head in to the store to have some fun with our QR codes!