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What are these fuzzy little squares which are now appearing on everything?

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CJ2010 Wed 20-Jul-11 14:45:19

Has anyone else noticed these? There is one on my cereal box, my gas bill, my magazine...basically all products now seem to have them. Can anyone please explain what they are and their purpose. Thanks.

GypsyMoth Wed 20-Jul-11 14:46:15

no?? tell us more.....what colour? size?

HoneyPablo Wed 20-Jul-11 14:46:17

For your smartphone, I think.

Sirzy Wed 20-Jul-11 14:47:09

Do you mean the ones which connect smart phones straight to a website?

Scootergrrrl Wed 20-Jul-11 14:47:48

I asked this yesterday! They are called QRs or something and you can get an app for your phone which lets you snap them and be taken straight to a web address.

CJ2010 Wed 20-Jul-11 14:48:10

It's a small square, filled with fuzzy greyness! Sorry that's the best way I can explain them! They are suddenly appearing on everything! Ok, I've got an iphone, what should I do now?

ChocolateTeacup Wed 20-Jul-11 14:48:17

All about it here

HoneyPablo Wed 20-Jul-11 14:48:29

wikipedia

TheBossofMe Wed 20-Jul-11 14:48:31

Do you mean qr codes? Box with funny b&w pattern?

If so, it's for your phone, if it has a qr reader you can scan it and it will give you info, eg nutritional info, recipes, games, whatever really.

GypsyMoth Wed 20-Jul-11 14:49:00

i will look out for them as i honestly have not noticed!!

thesurgeonsmate Wed 20-Jul-11 14:49:31

You scan them with a phone designed to scan these things and stuff happens. As you can tell, I don't have such a phone. So I imagine that the stuff that happens is not essential stuff.

CJ2010 Wed 20-Jul-11 14:49:41

Thanks for posting link, it's a QR code.

TattyDevine Wed 20-Jul-11 14:49:42

Yep they are great.

StrandedBear Wed 20-Jul-11 14:49:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

lovesicecream Wed 20-Jul-11 14:50:43

Don't you use them so you know that you need to get more of whatever the product is? Something about scanning it in your phone when you've ran out there's an advert think it's for tesco or something

ShoutyHamster Wed 20-Jul-11 15:11:31

'Filled with fuzzy greyness'

That is so poetic!

Seriously, what a lovely image grin

AMumInScotland Wed 20-Jul-11 15:41:22

Oh and if they really do seem just 'Filled with fuzzy greyness' you might want to pop your glasses on / get an eye test - they do have a clear pattern, though it's not comprehensible to humans!

SleepySuzy Wed 20-Jul-11 15:48:45

It is a qr code or 2 dimensional (2d) barcode. Just means instead of the normal stripy barcodes, information is stored vertically as well as horizontally. So it can carry hundreds of times more info than standard barcodes. Geeky or what?

Andrewofgg Wed 20-Jul-11 15:55:21

They are the secret method by which the government watches your every move and then tells the Martians about it. It's a backup for when you turn off your TV.

But ssh! don't tell anyone . . .

farewellfigure Wed 20-Jul-11 16:08:00

It's for cats. They can read them, but humans can't. My cat studies them for hours. I think she's getting messages from the cat version of MI5. Goodness knows what she's up to all night but she never tells us!

Andrewofgg Wed 20-Jul-11 16:52:18

farewellfigure Which of us is bonkers?

kenobi Wed 20-Jul-11 16:59:01

Actually Andrew, those squares actually ARE the martians. They Walk Among Us and collect data from our phones so that one day they can take over the world.

Doom! DOOOOM!

Fimbo Wed 20-Jul-11 17:02:03

Does it work with Iphone?

lovesicecream Wed 20-Jul-11 17:07:00

Cats with thumbs I bet, their going to take over the world, with the martians of course!

AMumInScotland Wed 20-Jul-11 17:13:00

Fimbo - yes you just have to download an iPhone app for it

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