2D barcodes like QR Codes are popping up more than ever before, so we’re announcing a new contest that rewards you for hunting em’ down. Here’s how to play:
The 5 people who upload the highest number of QR code images to our wall will receive $50 to 100 gift cards from places like Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon and more! See rules and regulations below:
Thanks and let the hunt begin!
With barcode scanning becoming more and more popular every day, and we were starting to hear from a growing number of non-Smartphone users who wanted in on the fun. While we have apps that work on Java & even BREW devices, we just launched a new service that increases our reach in the US by 35% in a single day!
“Scan & Send” basically allows someone to take a normal picture of a 2D or 1D barcode, send it to us by MMS or email, we will decode it from our server and send back the correct content. Here’s the real kicker – this works on industry standard barcodes like QR Codes, Datamatrix, EZcode, and even UPC codes with an auto-focus camera. So, if you’re one of the 20 million people in the US that already have a standard code reader on your phone, you can just launch the app (hopefully ScanLife) to get the content is seconds. If not, use Scan & Send!
MMS works in the US by sending the picture to 43588, and it’s available to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint – the top 3 carriers, and hopefully we will have the fourth very soon.
Not in the US? Just send the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll send a link back by email instead.
So, you want to use standard QR Codes, but also want to reach three times more people than just Smartphones? Here’s your answer!
As we move into a new year, we wanted to reflect on a pretty amazing 2010, so we just released a year-end Mobile Barcode Trend Report . When we launched ScanLife in Beta in 2008, it was a time when “Droid” was just something from a sci-fi movie and camera phones were meant for throwaway snapshots. To say things have changed is an understatement.
In 2010, ScanLife saw over 1600% growth in mobile barcode traffic. That doubled in the fourth quarter alone! A year ago, ScanLife couldn’t even read UPC codes, and now it is more than half our traffic offering content ranging from local prices to coupons to nutritional information.
Some other highlights from the report:
We truly appreciate the support of all our users and customers, and can’t wait to make 2011 the year mobile barcodes go completely mainstream.
2D barcodes, or QR Codes, are quickly growing in popularity to easily link physical objects to digital content. We just released the ScanLife browser extension to make it easier than ever to create a 2D code from anywhere on the web in a one click.
Why use the extension?
The extension works for the same reason why many people use tool bars instead of actual websites – speed! This tool makes it faster than ever to create, display and download all major 2D barcode formats (QR code, EZcode, and Datamatrix) from anywhere on the web.
Get the extension now for any browser:
Once you have the file installed, it should be very simple to use, but you can look at some detail instruction right here.
Let us know how would you use it…
We’re very happy to announce our new developer’s program today called ScanLife Innovation Exchange. Over the years, we have received ideas from hundreds of businesses with unique and exciting ways to use this technology. The Innovation Exchange will give everyone access to the most comprehensive set of tools to easily develop custom mobile barcode applications and services while leveraging the existing ScanLife core products.
Some of the key products include:
These tools can be used individually in certain cases, or they can be combined to build a completely custom mobile barcode system. It’s really up to you to decide what is best for your project requirements.
With over 700% growth in the space, we believe this is the perfect time to make this available, and we have really just scratched the surface of how this technology can be used.
Thanks for your continued support, and keep the great ideas coming!!
We’ve seen some pretty wild used of ScanLife, and this is up there!
A public art exhibition dubbed, “Sidewalk Catwalk” launched last week which consists of 32 mannequins – each one created by top American designers. One of the mannequins was designed by a big ScanLife supporter, Norma Kamali. She used this opportunity to blend fashion with technology by covering her mannequin from head to toe in red 2D ScanLife codes. Each code instantly links to one of 17 unique videos related to Kamali’s collection.
Open ScanLife, and try it out! (You may need to click on the image to enlarge.)
As you may remember, Kamali introduced ScanLife throughout her store in NYC, but this is really taking it to a new level! The mannequins will be auctioned off for charity at the end of the Summer on Labor Day.
You can check out some coverage on the story from the NY Daily News.
ScanLife has released an update to its ScanLife Code Management Platform which has some great features for Business accounts. The first and largest is that we have added the ability to generate both QR Codes and Datamatrix codes right from ScanLife. These will be in addition to the EZcode – all of which the ScanLife app can read on any supported phone.
A couple of new projects launched last week, giving people a whole new way to get into fashion.
March issue of Esquire Magazine
Esquire Magazine is using ScanLife as part of their “Esquire Collection” which details the essential wardrobe that every guy should have. 25 codes are connected to each individual item throughout the layout which gives readers a menu of options in one-click.
Mobile barcodes could change the way we discover & share information from the world around us. We welcome your thoughts & ideas on how to make this technology matter - today and in the future.