September 14, 2006

smartpox: mobile barcode service

Smartpox is a service for generating physical hyperlinks using QR Codes 2D barcodes, sharing your codes, and resolving them using camera-equipped mobile phones. I'm not sure what is novel about this particular service, but it is another interesting data point.

I will say that I think the name "smartpox" is very unfortunate given its lexical proximity to smallpox. Yes, the clever viral implication is apparently intentional but it gives me an unpleasant visceral reaction. Maybe I'm just a bio-prude though ;-)

Posted by Gene at September 14, 2006 9:19 AM | TrackBack

That meme seems to spread quick. Cool service indeed, the only thing is - these are not QR Codes, but Datamatrix codes.

You'll see QR Codes at Wikipedia and you can create your own here ( (and - self promo - download the Kaywa Reader to read them). More Kaywa Readers for different phones available soon;

Posted by: Roger at September 14, 2006 4:39 PM

Right, I stand corrected, thanks!

Posted by: Gene at September 14, 2006 11:19 PM

I wanted to add. Smartpox is a good service as it uses Datamatrix codes.

I think we should really make a difference between services that use Datamatrix or QR Codes which are ISO-Standards and proprietary Codes.

The good thing about standards is, that there are already existing solutions around and good ecosystems are possible.

Posted by: Roger at September 17, 2006 3:34 AM
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