Category Archives: Use in Museums

NFC – QR Code Trail Post Experiment

One year ago I decided to try placing a NFC token/QR Code sticker on a local nature trail I like to hike with my dog. The trail has good cell phone signal everywhere and is located by our local high school. I used to make a short URL to the Nature Trail web site. I purchaesed the NFC token from and created the QR Code using a Brother P-Touch Printer . One year later and the combination looks NEW, I can not believe how well the QR Code sticker has held up to a harsh Michigan winter and summer! I am also amazed that the NFC token was not removed by anyone, I simply attached it to the 4×4 sign post below the nature trail sign. Scan the code to see what page it loads.


Over one year of harsh Michigan weather!




This would be a great way to add NFC/Qr Codes to nature trails, parks, zoos and more very economically without damaging or altering existing signs. – Programmable QR Code Sticky Notes


Click on the photos for the Amazon page (affilate link) is a web site offering an excellent value in premade QR Code stickers and Post-it style sticky note pads. The real value is in the FREE Codee Reader app available on the Apple App store and on Google Play. The app makes it easy to add:

codeemenuVideo Messages
Audio Messages
Quick Phone Dialer
SMS Text Messages
Quick Email Message
Photo with Audio
Link to a Website
Link to a YouTube Video
Facebook Like/Follow
Follow me on Twitter
See Us on Yelp!
Link Tags

to a QR Code. Once the Codee QR Code is programmed it can be scanned with ANY QR Code reader and scanned/managed with the Codee Reader app!

The online management pages show you how many times the Codee has been scanned;

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and gives you option to manage the Codee, create additional QR Codes, print QR Codes and more. The Codee ID can be used to make your own QR Code with any QR Code generator program. The Codee ID could also be used with NFC chips!

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A Museum wishing to add multimedia interactivity to any exhibit or an or Art Gallery wishing to engage the viewer with the artist could easily do it with Codee Sticky Notes or Codee QR Code Stickers. Link to an Artist’s web site, easily add a video/audio (using your cell phone or iPad) of the artist explaining their piece, easily add Youtube Videos and more!


Get 150 programmable QR Codes, Codee Sticky Notes. Using your phone or iPad add student videos or audio messages. Add multimedia to assignments and more. Connect to Youtube videos.

Scan the Codee QR Code at 1:51 to see Lizzie!

Custom QR Codes:

Using the Codie ID you can use any QR Code program to make a QR Code that links to your Codee page.  Scan the Codee QR code to get the URL, for example my Codee linking to QRCArtist’s Facebook page is:

Here is a custom QR Code generated with iQR on my Mac. Notice the NFC symbol, I uses QR code in conjunction with NFC Tags on my site Tap-Scan.Me. It is the same QR code as in the previous picture only a little more artistic, scan them both.



Codee also offers GPS and Scan Activity reporting options :

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Making Project Qrio

This video show how much work is required for a mosaic Qr Code!

Rio de Janeiro began installing a series of QR code patterns onto its pavements on Friday 25 January in preparation for the 2016 Olympics, starting at Arpoador by Ipanema Beach. Created with the traditional black and white mosaic tiles that already line the streets in this area.

The Department of Conservation said it plans to implement the QRIO project at 30 locations across the city by the year’s end and 50 locations by July 2014 when Rio hosts the FIFA World Cup.

Sidney Haddad, founding partner of digital technology company Zóio, explained that the idea was inspired by designs from similar projects in cities such as Lisbon and Barcelona that have already adopted the code in Portuguese stones. “We tried to create something with the essence of being cosmopolitan, but with strong cultural roots. We propose to map the city with QR Code technology so that you can access information of a certain place without the need for signs, but through your mobile device.”

Source: YouTube & TheEpochTimes

Humboldt Park Mural Arts Program Qr Codes

The mission of the Humboldt Park Mural Arts Program (HP MAP) is to create new murals, to restore old murals, and to develop strategies that use murals as a way to represent community issues, ideas, and vision.

Humboldt Park QR Codes

Humboldt Park QR Codes

Take an online tour with pictures and descriptions of the murals in Humboldt Park using small QR code signs installed at select murals that can be scanned with a smartphone and link to a Google map & information about the mural.

View Humboldt Park Mural Arts Program in a larger map


Photo QR Code generator

Found my new favorite photo based QR Code generator; Easy to use, allows photos in background, foreground or as logos. The free Basic plan allows the creation of 10 QR Codes. Their paid plans offer many more features, including tracking location of scans, at a very reasonable price.

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QR Codes at Erarta Art Museum in St. Petersburg

Erarta in St Petersburg, a contemporary art museum and gallery, features QR Codes that allow visitors to select which language to use to learn about the artwork, artist, suggest a second name for the piece and order a reproduction.


When a visitor scans the code they’re directed to a landing page for that piece of art with an image to show they’re in the right place and the ability to choose what language to view the information in.

They also get a menu with four options currently, including ‘biography’ with details about the artist and ‘second name’ enabling users to suggest an alternative name for the work.

Next comes ‘art-literature’ allowing anyone to write a few lines, in essay or poetry format, about what they see, how they feel about it etc

Then, if Erarta likes what they’ve written they publish it for all to share which, says Vadim Varvarin, president of the Erarta Fund:

“Helps all our guests build more of a personal connection to contemporary art.”

The fourth and final option is ‘Take Home’ where the museum’s workshop creates a reproduction of the work of art to any scale so the user can own it.

The screenshot below shows what users see after scanning the QR Code®:


QR Codes Turn a City into a Library

A non-profit group called Project Pingeborg is working to promote reading, music and art among the population of Klagenfurt by turning their city into a library. This project is still in the early stages, but what they’ve done so far is to place 100 QR codes around the city:

The QR codes each lead to a particular ebook or mp3, all of which can be downloaded for free. According to Project Pingeborg, the mp3s are drawn from Librivox, the CC licensed audiobook project, while the ebooks are pulled from Project Gutenberg which now offers over 40 thousand titles, including around a thousand in German (according to Project Pingeborg).

Who is behind the project Ingeborg? 
The idea came to Georg Holzer and Bruno Hautzenberger after a few cool beers in the Klagenfurt Jazzkeller Kamot. The two wanted to do something with the NFC wireless technology. Klagenfurt – Literature – Bachmann Prize … all this led to a lengthy brainstorming creating
Without the cooperation of many other (Kerstin Rosenzopf, Iris Wedenig, Verena Artinger or Daniel Gollner) would not have been possible.

Source: and Project Pingeborg

Tour Tampa Bay Architecture – AIA Tampa Bay

AIA Tampa Bay presents  the Tour Tampa Bay Architecture. A self-guided walking tour of significant architecture in Downtown Tampa. An interesting array of 22 historic, modern, sustainable, award-winning and critically acclaimed buildings and locations are featured. Information is accessible once your reach the building by scanning a QR Code that has been placed on or near it. This way you are able to truly appreciate and experience it.

Interesting site, featuring Responsive Web Design using the WordPress theme Knead to present the site in a web and mobile friendly format! Knead web site explains “By having a site which is “device agnostic” you ensure that whoever is visiting your site will have the best browsing experience possible on the device they are viewing it with. No compromise.”

Source: YouTube and

Cobblestone QR Code 2

Here is another video about some excellent cobblestone QR Codes from Portugal. You can actually scan the QR Code 46 seconds into the video, scan the QR Code displayed on the phone/ The QR first QR Code decodes to, which take you to an excellent mobile web site in Portuguese and English with audio of the installation!

  • The idea was simple; make a QR Code, one of the most innovative technologies of the 21ST CENTURY, with paving stones, one of the oldest Portuguese traditions.The fusion of technology and tradition (English)
  • Ideia era simples; fazer um QR Code, uma da mais inovadoras tecnologias do SEC XXI, com pedras de calçada portuguesa, uma das mais antigas tradições portuguesas.Da fusão da tecnologia e da tradição (Portuguese)

Source: YouTube