Technology – It’s incredible where it is heading!

Lets not lose sight of the social issues in the article below…… Remember the definition of graffiti vandalism is markings that are placed without the permission of the asset owner.

Bill Posters are a marketing tool that are extensively used and illegally placed in many cases to promote businesses for a profit. I hope we don’t see graffiti used in a similar way through QR code graffiti and QR code technology that actually pays vandals to put up graffiti for the promotion of business products!

Article in media below:

While we’ve seen some creative uses of the QR code, as well as alternatives such as the sound-based Chirp, so far they have been limited to computer-generated images. Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab are hoping to create Graffiti Codes – turning hand-drawn paths on any surface into readable, data-carrying signals.

Rather than taking a photograph of the code with a QR-reading app, users simply move their phone over the path. The device’s accelerometer detects the pattern of the movement and is able to load the content that path is linked to. Because the method only reads the movement of the phone, the actual code itself can be drawn in any material, and on any surface. For example, a piece of graffiti could be encoded to direct users to information about its creation, or even enable oppressed communities to share information in secret.