A QR code
(abbreviation for Quick Response code
) is a specific matrix barcode
(or two-dimensional code) that is readable
by dedicated QR barcode readers
and camera telephones
. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, URL
, or other data.
Common in Japan
, where it was created by Toyota
-Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. The QR code was created to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.
The technology has seen frequent use in Japan, The Netherlands and South Korea, while the West has been slower in the adoption of QR codes. via QR code for the URL of the English Wikipedia Mobile main page. Note that the white border is part of the encoding @ en.wikipedia.org and image via gizmodo.com