This Clever Design Could Replace Ugly QR Codes With Light

QR codes are certainly practical, but they're also dumb and stupid and ugly and instantly ruin almost anything they're placed on. That's why this tech that uses simple light as a replacement for QR codes is so awesome. » 11/17/14 11:59pm 11/17/14 11:59pm

Watch This Haunted Poster Come To Life and Scare the Hell Out of People

Giant poster ads are bad enough. But they're even worse when they suddenly come to life and attack you. As far as terrifying pranks go, this one is pretty high up there. And it just keeps getting better. » 10/30/14 9:27am 10/30/14 9:27am

Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using an NFC Tag or QR Code

Get your best buddies around for a movie marathon and before you can hit "play" they're all going to want access to your Wi-Fi. This is the age of the second screen experience after all. You could simply tell them your network's name and password, but here are a couple of alternatives that might be more convenient… » 9/28/14 9:40pm 9/28/14 9:40pm

How QR Codes Work and Why They Suck So Hard

QR codes are a technology that desperately wants our attention. They appear everywhere from supermarket shelves and magazines to hiking trails and tombstones. Never heard of a QR code? You're looking at one right now. Scan the image at the top of this article, and it'll open a link to the mobile version...of this… » 12/18/12 2:20pm 12/18/12 2:20pm

Definitive Proof That Robots and QR Codes Are Not the Future of…

It's generally assumed that robots will eventually take over all jobs currently staffed by humans. But tending bar could be one of the hold outs, if this Social Drink Machine is any indication. It lets patrons place orders through a combination of social media, mobile apps, and QR codes, but in this case the whole… » 11/14/12 11:20am 11/14/12 11:20am

At Least This QR Code Clock Appreciates How Useless It Is

For all intents and purposes QR codes are a dead technology only being kept alive by marketing machine life support. For some reason advertising types think it's easier for consumers to snap a photo of a pixelated square than remember a URL, but as Michael Ciuffo points out with his obfuscated QR code clock, it's a… » 10/31/12 9:56am 10/31/12 9:56am

Acoustic Barcodes Are Probably Super Popular In Some Alternate Universe

With technology like NFC on the rise, you might think the humble barcode might not be long for this world. As it turns out, that old medium has at least one more trick up its sleeve. Going tactile and operating with sound just might be what it takes to make barcodes cool (again?). » 10/13/12 3:00pm 10/13/12 3:00pm

Whoa, An Actually Useful Way to Use QR Codes (Or: A Lazy Parent's List…

So Target has done the impossible. It's used QR codes in a way that is so useful that it actually outweighs how goofy, unwieldy, and ineffectual they are. It does this by, essentially, by simplifying something even worse: Holiday shopping at Target. » 10/03/12 10:59am 10/03/12 10:59am

World's Largest QR Code Is Stupidly Pointless

This is officially the world's largest QR code. Carved into a field of maize in Alberta, Canada, it measures 309,570 Square feet and links to the Kraay Family Farm website. It is also dumber than every other stupid QR code that exists. » 9/11/12 3:37am 9/11/12 3:37am

Those Who Wear a QR Code T-Shirt Deserve Nothing But Ridicule

Hopefully this is some kind of unfunny joke, but there is now a line of QR code clothing. Yeah, that's right. QRTribe (that's a real name) makes hoodies, purses, and t-shirts all with these ugly things that no one uses printed on them. When you scan them they'll take you to a page that has links to all of your social… » 6/25/12 4:40pm 6/25/12 4:40pm

This Augmented Reality App Is the Final Nail in the QR Code's Hideous…

Just about everyone except for inept marketers can agree that QR codes are terrible and useless. That being said, there's not really a better alternative if you're looking to implement augmented-reality on the cheap. Until now, thanks to Layar's new page-scanning smartphone app. » 6/05/12 5:40pm 6/05/12 5:40pm

This Entire Town Is Plastered with QR Codes That Link to Wikipedia

Usually I hate QR codes. They're ugly technology needlessly solving non-problems in a flawed attempt to be futuristic. Even worse, people plaster them on the dumbest things: bikinis, burqas, butts, etc. And now, setting a new low, they've painted a whole town with QR codes. There are literally over a 1,000 QR codes… » 5/21/12 6:40pm 5/21/12 6:40pm

The Strongest Argument Against Subway Cellphone Coverage Yet

QR codes don't have an especially illustrious history of implementation. Which is to say, a lot of it is very freaking dumb. But this QR code on a subway advertisement might be the dumbest. » 4/02/12 9:06am 4/02/12 9:06am

The New Worst Place for QR Codes: Burqas

They're controversial, confusing, and their presence creates tension across the western world. Now QR codes have found their way onto the burqa—but why? I can't wait to download this app! » 3/20/12 10:40am 3/20/12 10:40am

Sexy Women with QR Codes on Their Butts Is Awful Awful Awful

QR Codes, those impractical little squares that deliver information through a cell phone's camera, have seen their fair share of bad ideas. But this explosion of tackyness seems especially dumb and horrible and gross and UGH. » 3/09/12 12:01pm 3/09/12 12:01pm

WTF QR CODES: The Definitive Compendium of a Sad and Horrible Technology

For whatever reason, QR codes still haven't died. Near Field Communication is far superior in every conceivable way, yet it's only in a small handful of phones. And apparently I'm not the only one angry about the nine lives of this insufferable technology, because some people have dedicated a Tumblr to its… » 3/04/12 12:30pm 3/04/12 12:30pm

JCPenney Introduces QR Code Gift Tags That No One Will Ever Use

QR codes were supposed to save us all the hassle of manually typing long URLs on our smartphones, but do you actually know anyone who actively uses them? Or even someone who's even downloaded a QR code reader to their phone? We sure as hell don't: » 11/16/11 3:40pm 11/16/11 3:40pm

Use Your Smartphone to Avoid Gross Raw Meat

In general, QR codes are pretty lame. But here's a wonderful little exception: codes applied to grocery store meat, allowing you to quickly dig up your next dinner's history. Where was it raised? Who raised it? Eat better. » 10/05/11 10:40am 10/05/11 10:40am