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News Microsoft launches 'tagging' app

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 13 Jan 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. p3n

    p3n New Member

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    Works nicely on my iphone (taking a blurry photo of my monitor!), although it has limited use really since it requires an internet connection to get your treats!
     
  3. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Can Microsoft ever use/enhance an existing standard? The problem with QR codes is focal length on camera phones
     
  4. p3n

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    They have done quite well tbh, the colours mixed with the orientation of the triangle allow for a really dodgy picture!
     
  5. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    That's the issue that the new standard is designed to address: it seems to work from a much blurrier image than existing 2D barcode systems, so you don't need to have the tag in focus in order to get a successful scan.
     
  6. Spiny

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    O2 seem to disable the barcode scanner on nokia handsets in the UK too :(
     
  7. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Considering QR codes are widely spread & used in Japan I don't quite understand why we don't have the support for it out here
     
  8. ch424

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    I don't think they do.. my O2 Nokia N82 and N73 both have the barcode scanner. Update your firmware?
     
  9. mclean007

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    Much, MUCH quicker than QR on my Nokia N95 8GB - the camera hadn't even autofocused and I hadn't even finished framing the shot before it recognised the demo tag on the MS download site. I literally swung the camera towards the monitor and as soon as the whole tag (off-centre and off-axis, I'll add) was within the frame, it pinged up the MS site. Once again MS devises its own competing standard, but in this case, for once, it is significantly superior to the existing solutions. Well done Microsoft!
     
  10. Shuriken

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    Works on my O2 N95 as well, what phone do you have?
     
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  12. Gareth Halfacree

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    I have one of them. I bypassed the encryption in hardware (really difficult to do - you cut a leg off the IC. Seriously.) and use it to catalogue my books with LibraryThing.
     
  13. hitman012

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    I just pointed my phone at the picture in the article, hit the button and it worked perfectly. Quite impressive.
     
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    It's great that blurry/shaky pics are easier to read than QR or Datamatrix codes. I just tested it out on my iPhone, and N95.

    I'd have to say it works better on the N95 than the iPhone... for one the image is clearer (the N95 camera is awesome), but it picks up on the barcode immediately without having to press anything.
     
  15. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    i don't get the point of this....

    there's already an app called SnapTell on the iPhone that can tell you just from a book/DVD/music cover.
     
  16. mclean007

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    @quack - love your avatar mate. Think you're ahead of the curve - I sense tags as avatars is going to be something of a theme for the next wee while!
     
  17. Smilodon

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    :hehe:

    I guess he has a pretty valid point.
     
  18. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Accidentally Funny

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    Slow news day? woohoo a new barcode, lets break out the party hats and have a little dance shall we?
     
  19. Gareth Halfacree

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    Love you too, sweetie. Personally I find this kind of technology fascinating, but perhaps that's just me.
     
  20. quack

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    It wasn't all that long ago that I had a QR code avatar. I'm sure some people remember it. ;)
     
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