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The Resurgence of QR codes

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Some technologies fade into obscurity, while others experience a renaissance. One such technology that has made a remarkable comeback in recent years is the QR code.

These matrix barcodes, originally invented in 1994, have found new life and purpose in the online space.

QR codes, short for Quick Response codes, were initially designed for tracking parts in the automotive industry. However, their potential for broader applications quickly became evident.

QR codes store information both horizontally and vertically, making them capable of holding a substantial amount of data compared to traditional barcodes.


The Initial Adoption

QR codes made their debut in the consumer space in the early 2010s. They were used primarily for mobile marketing campaigns and linking physical products to online content. However, their adoption was relatively slow due to factors like the need for a dedicated QR code scanner app and a lack of standardized use cases.


The Resurgence

The resurgence of QR codes began in the mid-2010s, driven by several key factors:

1. Contactless Transactions: 

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of contactless technology. QR codes became an essential tool for contactless payments, enabling customers to make purchases, order food, and pay bills without physical contact.


2. Mobile Integration:

Modern smartphones now come equipped with built-in QR code scanners. This built-in functionality eliminated the need for users to download a separate app, making QR codes more accessible to the general public.


3. Marketing and Advertising:

Marketers realized the potential of QR codes in bridging the gap between offline and online experiences. QR codes started appearing on billboards, product packaging, and in print advertisements. Scanning a QR code could lead users to a website, video, or exclusive promotional content, enhancing engagement and driving conversions.


4. Information Sharing:

QR codes became a convenient way to share contact information, Wi-Fi credentials, event details, and much more. This simplified data exchange and eliminated the need for manual input.


5. Authentication and Security:

QR codes have been used for secure authentication, two-factor authentication (2FA), and login processes. They generate unique codes that are challenging for unauthorized parties to replicate.


6. Enhanced User Experience:

QR codes have found their place in museums, historical sites, and tourist attractions. Visitors can scan QR codes to access detailed information, audio guides, and interactive experiences, enhancing their overall visit.



From contactless transactions to marketing campaigns and even enhancing user experiences, QR codes have become an integral part of the digital landscape. As technology continues to evolve, we can expect QR codes to remain a powerful tool for connecting the physical and digital worlds, making our lives more convenient and efficient.


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