QR codes are incredibly useful — they are like portals between the physical and online universes. There are plenty of creative ways you can use QR Codes to your advantage. No one needs a separate QR code app to scan your QR Code now, the Paytm app can do that.
There are various free tools to generate QR Codes – GoQR and QR Code Generator among others. You can even get a new lease of life to your personal QR code by embellishing it with an image, color and even animation. Simply head to Amazing QR Code, enter your URL, upload the image you want to embed (JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF or SVG) and its done!
Now that you have your own QR Code, here are some cool and whacky ways you can use them!
Get creative with your Greeting Cards
Physical Greeting Cards are so passé. Download the above image, visit your nearest photo studio and print your very own Multimedia Greeting Card!
Your partner can scan the QR code using the Paytm app and link to an online video that shouts out the real greeting. This video can be hosted on YouTube (with privacy applied) and even Dropbox. Any greeting card can be turned into a dynamic multimedia card with a personal touch. Trust us, your partner will appreciate this way more than a plain WhatsApp video forward.
Smart Wedding Invites
In case you’re about to get married, or have relatives who will get hitched sometime soon, save them the trouble of being left with a pile of cutlery and appliances they’ll never use.
Download the above wedding invite, paste your Paytm QR Code on it and request guests to bless the bride and groom by paying in Shagun. Save on expensive printed invitations and send this using any instant messaging app. In case you didn’t know, we also have a Cashless Wedding Kit available for free!
Most wedding cards also have a sizable amount of space devoted to directions to the event venue. Generate QR codes to direct guests using Google Maps with clear directions and print it in a fraction of the area. You can do this for any event invitation including house parties by simply mapping the exact Point A to Point B addresses on Google Maps and converting it into a QR code.
Help Food and E-commerce Delivery Staff
Did you know Facebook has painted a giant QR code onto the roof of its brand new headquarters in California? The 42-foot-wide code was created as part of Zuckerberg’s ‘Space Hackathon’ and links to the Facebook QR code page. If Facebook can use QR Codes to help aliens find them, it is good enough for us.
Most housing societies have similar looking houses and lanes, worn out signboards and no credible landmark to guide delivery staff or even guests. Some societies have helpful security guards, others don’t. While they deliver your food or goods with a smile, most delivery staff face a lot of distress daily as they struggle to find your exact house number.
Generate a QR Code with your building’s location, paste it on this poster and stick it at key locations. Give this QR Code sheet to the security guard at the gate. Any guest or delivery staff asking for directions can scan the QR using their Paytm app and get exact directions on Google Maps.
QR Codes can help your kids study
There are visual possibilities in the world of QR codes that go way beyond the simple black squares. Explore a range of creative designs with different colors, shapes and mediums, none of which interfere with the functionality of these codes. Given that your kids are experts in handling your iPads and smartphones, you can stick these codes on their homework notebooks and make it a game to get them to study. It seems silly, but games are supposed to be silly!
There are several creative agencies like JESS3 that specializes in data visualization. These 3-dimensional codes can be made out of legos, colorful paint-like effects and graffiti.
Pets: Lost and found
QR codes are the safest way to share contact details like phone numbers, have them printed out in stickers, and use them on your petter’s collar if they tend to get lost if you leave them alone in a park.