27. January 2009 13:17
While on the subject of Microsoft building on others ideas (to put it mildly), this blog post has been sitting in my browser waiting for me to comment in on a blog post:
Can anyone say QR Codes? Or their prevalence in Japan for that matter?
Not surprisingly, when I posted a comment to that effect, it never showed up. I’m guessing it was not a fault of the technology here, and active moderation on the part of the poster.
On a side note, these things look horrible. Not to say that QR Codes are pretty, but they just seem to have a better aesthetic than these. I can’t help but think some sort of failed modernist expression here.
The concept is cool though (I can use it on my iPhone, that’s good enough for me), but cell-phone culture here in the States just isn’t the same here as it is in Japan. When I was in Japan, QR Codes were ubiquitous, but here, Microsoft faces an uphill battle in getting this to catch on. Ugliness aside, it’s one I hope they win.