QR Code Google Chrome

Browser extension creates QR Codes

For those who read this blog you’ll know that I’ve been interested in QR Codes, and how we could possibly use them in the classroom.

Here’s something new I found last week … an extension for the Google Chrome browser (which I use) that generates a QR Code for the current page/URL open in the browser. here’s what Google say about it;

Google Chrome Browser Extension – The tag can be scanned with a QR Code scanner/barcode scanner which could interpret the code and for instance launch the browser on a mobile phone jumping directly to the same URL. The extension comes very handy on for instance mobile phones to avoid typing long URL:s in order to go to a nice home page you found while browsing on your laptop.

I’m not sure it will work quite the way they suggest, I think most people who browse on a laptop will either read the link/page there or save it to either their browser favourite or something like Delicious. For those who want to browse on their smartphone … well, they’ll probably already be on it?

Reading through a few forums on the subject it seems that it is also not particularly reliable, but I’ll try it out and see how I find it. if you’ve experience with it, then please drop a comment and let us al know if it worked (or not), and whether you likes it (or not)!

Here are some of the other QR Code wonders I’ve found recently:

  • http://www.rsc-ne-scotland.org.uk/mashe/ Martin Hawksey

    Have you seen http://splashurl.net ? It’s a url shortening service developed by Christopher Gutteridge and Tony Hirst and hosted by University of Southampton. It also has QR code generation with some nice features:

    • qr codes are generated from shortened urls so they don’t need as many data points
    • they have a little bookmarklet which makes it easy to generate a qr code of the page you are browsing

    and my favourite

    • QR Code Redirection Service – you create a qr code which you can change the redirection on. So you can print a t-shirt with your qr-code and change where it redirects each time you wear it.
  • Mark Power

    David, Martin….excellent resources, thanks! :)

  • Kathryn Cummins

    Hey Mr. Hopkins,

    My name is Kathryn Cummins. I am a sophomore at the University of South in Mobile Alabama,and I am currently majoring in elementary education. I am very excited to read and comment on your blog. I am currently taking EDM 310, and it is a very new class to me.I have already learned so much, and I am excited to learn more new information.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. Since I am new at all of this, I did not know what a QR code is ;however, I do have a better understanding now. It’s great that you found an extension for the Google Chrome Browser that generates a QR code for the current page open in the browser. Since reading this, I will get the Google Chrome Browser Extension added to my phone.

    From reading your blog, I have already learned a lot that I did not know before. Here is my class blog so you can see what is going on with me and my class. My EDM 310 Class Blog

  • http://www.realprojects.co.uk Scott Hewitt

    Hi David,

    have a look at this link:

    http://gizmodo.com/5522689/augmented-reality-flashmob-kicking-off-tomorrow-in-amsterdam

    Its QR codes being used with AR. Very impressive!