A few weeks ago, I wrote a blogpost about QR codes (Quick Response), here. They are those funny little coded squares that you see everywhere you go these days. Once you scan a QR code with the appropriate app, they take you someplace… to a website, a video, an advertisement, or maybe a sweepstakes entry.
But a town in Austria has taken these codes to a whole new level.
Apparently, this town, Klagenfurt, doesn’t have a library. So for the “Festival of German Language Literature” they have turned to QR codes to turn the entire town into a library.
They have placed about 70 QR codes all around the city, and these are linked to books, mostly through Project Gutenberg. You scan the code and it takes you right to a website to download the book.
In a bit of extra fun, they have put the QR codes in relevant spots to link the plot of the book to a location or a landmark. A crime story near the police station. A spiritual story near a church. I’m guessing the organizers had a great time mapping out the spots.
And they’re not done. My understanding is that they are going to be adding other media to the experience….. music, artwork and more.
Sounds like a great project with awesome possibilities...and then there are the gravestones…..
In a cemetery, a person’s life is represented only by a dash. The ” – ” between the birth date and the death date.
But imagine, instead of the dash….. a QR code. Scanning this code would link you to an online memorial or (gasp) Facebook page of the deceased.
Hmmm. Something to think about. Actually, I’ll bet this catches on…..