History

 

The QR code is today one of the most convenient ways of labeling objects in stores. Named as the “quick response” code, it facilitates fast data entry by hosting information that can be quickly scanned as input. The history of the QR code can be traced back to the year 1994.

Why the QR code

In the years presiding its development; the market had a hard time processing product information. For most developers, this was an area of interest as they tried to find ways to enable high-speed reading. Denso Corporation invested in its research by contracting two people to develop a code that could work better than the existing methods.

Breakthrough

A year and a half later, they made a breakthrough with the QR code. They based the QR code on information storage by the use of symbolic two-dimensional patterns symbolized in rows and columns. Once decoded, this information would appear as numeric or text values. They based the QR code on information storage by the use of symbolic two-dimensional patterns symbolized in rows and columns. On its success, they discovered that their 2d code could not only hold greater volumes of information but could also be read 10 times faster than any other code available.

Spread of the QR code

downsides-qr-codes_LilqrThe term quick response (QR) code was adopted owing to the drive prompting its development. In 1994, Denso Corporation made a breakthrough by announcing the release of the QR code. The company, however, had to market the QR code so that it would catch on potentially replacing other codes available. As a result, the QR code as adopted by an auto industry that used it in the shipping and transaction of their products. This helped in soothing the transparency issues concerning the production and transportation process that had been cropping up at the time. As a result, the QR code was adopted by other companies that faced the same issues including pharmaceuticals and food products.

QR code today

The Denso Corporation further made the QR code wide spread by declaring it free for use. This allowed anyone who wanted to use the QR code to do so freely. The code was later adopted in the mobile industry and soon became widespread in Japan. Soon, phones were being produced with the QR code feature allowing users to rad QR codes instantly. From here, the QR code gained popularity to what we see today. The QR code is now being used in shops, industries, chemists, stores among other avenues.