30/8 QR Clip - Music via QR
In the above picture you can see the QR Code on a flyer and on the CD itself. By reading it with your camera phone, you go immediately to the artist's mobile site.
But there is another cool thing which you can do - offer directly the resource via QR without going to a mobile site - as long as you want to give away something for free. You can see an example in the Tryout Zone (and below), and naturally you can offer any resource directly behind a QR Code, be it an image, a MP3 or a 3gp video.
Try this to see what I mean:
Now what is interesting with japanese QR Clip from above is that they create different addresses for the same resource, to measure the impact of the ad campaigns from different vendors.
30/8 Work Permit with password protected QR Code
Image: La Rivière aux canards
La Rivière aux canards
is a very fruitful resource to know more about the usages of QR Codes in Japan. And as he is a frenchman, it certainly is easier to decode than the kanji, hiragan, katakana websites - at least for me (besides I love them, but I am still in early stages with my japanese). "Anyways", as they say in Deadwood
, it shows one time more the diversity of uses you can obtain with QR.
I do not know if such a scenario would be possible with Datamatrix. Anybody?
30/8 Mobile literacy
Stephanie wrote a Computer and Handset Literacy Checklist
and it's well worth a reading and sometimes very funny:)
To the mobile literacy list I would add:
- Being able to read through the marketing blabla.
- Know some mobile blogs to find information and get advice when needed
- Understanding that design is not everything and it's often coming with poor usability.
- Being able to resist a 0. $ phone with a two-year subscription.
- When buying making sure, you can give your phone back - (would the RAZR be still successfull then?)
- How to access a site on the internet, when to stop a download and why
- How to use your phone camera. Having an idea about Pixels, Macros and other functions.
- Knowledge of some of the acronyms and unfortunately in mobile there is a plethora. GSM, GPRS, UMTS, EDGE, HSDPA and 2.5, 3G / GPS, A-GPS / SMS, MMS / ShortID
- Basic knowledge about Barcodes: One- and Two-dimensional, EAN Barcode, QR Code, Datamatrix Code / ISO-Standards versus Proprietary Ones;)
30/8 Vodafone refocusing...
As mentioned on Sunday in swiss newspapers, Vodafone wants to sell his 25% stake in Swisscom back to the biggest telco in Switzerland. The quotes from the Register article
shed some light on Vodafone's policy shift:
Vodafone has made two key changes of policy in its core European territories - reducing handset subsidies to the extent that 3G phone sales have nosedived, and planning to defocus its marketing efforts on advanced video-driven applications like MMS (Multimedia Messaging) in favour of using its more efficient 3G networks to compete on pricing in traditional services.
[...] Vodafone will rethink how to gain some short term ROI from its 3G networks - and low cost, VoIP-killing voice does seem the most obvious, if least lucrative, option - and how quickly it may be able to attract users to 3G-plus services, a vital calculation if it is to justify its currently ongoing rollout of HSDPA.
Whereas the japanese operators continue to deploy 3G speedily, europeans are falling behind. An explanation to this is the subsidizing of phones which make it difficult to cut costs on tariffs too. As T-Mobile CEO Obermann said at 2005's 3GSM:
"We are at the crossroads between device cost and usage cost. Drop subsidy and we can cut tariffs. Customers want lower tariffs. They drive usage and loyalty. Subsidy needs to be cut, then removed."
This is a vicious circle - the phone subsidizing being somehow the equivalent of the free internet services without the possibility of ad-spending - and I think the subsidizing has to change in quality as well. Wouldn't it make sense to subsidize only 3G phones which offer good mobile internet capabilities, decent lens quality (with macro) and music storage, but without all the schlock of video phoning and mobile tv etc.? From time to time I wonder why operators and handset manufacturers want to go faster than the consumer can follow. As long as s/he doesn't understand the simple and basic stuff, it will be difficult to move up on the higher layers.
On the other hand, as long as operators do not create a healthy environment for innovative, but also more pragmatic consumer services by third parties, we will hardly see a quicker adoption. The japanese operators have understood this early on, whereas european operators continue to serve mainly business clients and tend to disregard the rest of the population.
29/8 The future of mobile at BBC NewsNight to celebrate the 15th anniversary of GSM
Today approximately every third person on the globe has a GSM phone in their pocket - the 2 billion GSM subscriber milestone was passed in June - equating to 80 percent of all mobile users in the world.
The BBC celebrates the 15th anniversary of GSM with a NewsNight special focus on the future of mobile. At 10:30 pm on Wednesday 30th August
, the BBC's flagship NewsNight programme will discuss the mobile industry and it’s future including interviews with some key industry leaders.
The programme can also be watched online - available for 24 hours after broadcast - from the Newsnight website
Ericsson celebrated the 15 anniversary on July 1 and Jan Uddenfeldt, Senior Vice President, Technology Strategy, looks ahead :
GSM has grown constantly during its 15 years of commercial life. In the past 10 years this growth has been exponential. Looking to the future, evolved GSM technology, such as 3G, could double internet usage within a few years. In emerging markets especially, 3G technology is often the only way to reach the information available on internet - this is one way Ericsson supports its vision of being the prime driver in an all-communicating world.
BBC Tip via David Doherty (Forum Oxford)
27/8 Nokia, Google and China Mobile - full sweep for QR Code
writes: The most important search engine, the most important handset manufacturer and the most important operator collaborate:
China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 941.HK) held a meeting with 20 service providers (SPs) as well as handset maker Nokia on August 18 to set a blueprint for 3G services, reports The Beijing News. According to the report, Nokia will pre-install China Mobile's mobile instant messaging client Femoo and Google's mobile search services on some customized Nokia handsets. According to recent rumors, China Mobile has also partnered with Google for mobile search services. China Mobile's focus for 3G will include mobile TV, mobile music and its bar code e-commerce service QRcode. China Mobile subsidiary company ASPire Technologies is handling the QRcode service.
Tag: QR Code
, China Mobile
27/8 Consumer-generated media, PC "and" mobile sites, mobile as credit card
New Communication Strategies and the Role of Mobile
With the broad diffusion of consumer-generated media, such as blogs and SMS, word of mouth has become increasingly important with viral marketing playing a key role in driving sales. According to Ohshiba, "In the future, we will see increasing development of spontaneous media like mobile in the peer-to-peer space." Last, D2C Communications President and CEO Fujita spoke about the importance of "maintaining PC and mobile sites as a bi-directional hub to manage contact with customers."
[...] Finally, Mitsui Sumitomo Card's Sawamura commented, "The mobile phone is already an intimate feature of daily life and could become the first credit card for many users."
27/8 Deutsche Bahn's Mobile Site
You can also type it;)
Deutsche Bahn, similarly to SBB in Switzerland, offers you the possibility to immediately buy a mobile ticket. The ticket is then sent via MMS to your phone. I read they use QR Codes, but it looks more like an Aztec Code. See a description of the service in german in the PDF.
22/8 eRuv - I particularly like the thought of "Public Places - Private Spaces"
eRuv: A Street History in Semacode
eRuv (pronounced ey-roov) is a digital graffiti project installed along the route of the former Third Avenue elevated train line in lower Manhattan. The train line, dismantled in 1955, was more than just a means of transport; it was part of an important religious boundary — an eruv — for a Hasidic community on the old Lower East Side. Using semacodes, the former boundary is reconstructed and mapped back onto the space of the city. Pedestrians with camera phones can then access location-specific historical content linked through the semacodes.
See eRuv photos
. Each semacode links to an archival photo of the train line from that specific location.
Sophie Calle's Public Places - Private Spaces
21/8 QR Code is a hot topic at Insights & Trends from Japan & Korea
Insights & Trends from Japan & Korea
Friday, 8 September 2006
Marriott Kensington, London
Organized by the Wireless World Forum
I will go. Is anybody of the reader's of this blog going too? It would be a pleasure to meet there.
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Insights & Trends from Japan & Korea