For the clueless that whine about useless camera phones, this is one of those things that you couldn’t do with a un-connected camera.
Think about what else you could do (thinking about this for 5 seconds) : once I know the product, look up product reviews, do price comparisons (national and local). Anything else (I’ll spend another 5 seconds – more than the clueless do)
update : Reiter’s Camera Phone Report has more details :
Discussing his view of barcodes, Simon writes, “For a long time computer scientists have been looking for a cheap, inexpensive way to create a gate between the real world and virtual world of the internet.
Simon has also created a Java applet to code a url into a 2-d bar code.
Here’s a semacode to my favorite blog 😉
Now I just need to print it out and post it around…
Question : Is it possible to add the semacode 2-d barcode as a watermark to a image? bardcodes are ugly. This would allow enabling an image with the smarts of semacode encoded url. cane the image, extract the watermark and de-encode the url. Or “just” watermark a url into a image, such that it can be scaned and decoded by a camera phone? insanity or in sanely great? (Thanks for the question Chuck!)
Heres a peice from TheFeature Barcodes for the World of Ends with some interesting factorids