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Semacode visualized | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Semacode visualized

Kaywa Feed2Mobile Process

Kaywa Feed2Mobile

When making my own semacode yesterday I knew that it would identify my blog if someone took a photo of it, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that person would see. Since my phone is not supporting that kind of software reader I could only guess. But I came across the above diagrams from Kaywa that show the process and what the phone will see.

On Tuesday at the PSFK Conference I saw semacode in action with area/code. A day or two before that I noticed a post from do.palicio.us about semacode too. If you consider that almost every single person has a cell phone and I’m guessing that more than half have a camera with the ability to surf the web. If you combine that technology, semacodes become quite fascinating. More so because it acts as an identifying mark or key that allows a person to collect information with a single click.

The biggest issue at the moment is that you need to download software onto your phone to act as reader. My Palm Treo 650 is fairly locked down and doesn’t allow for anything interesting like that. So until phones become less restrictive this kind of feature will be limited to a few savy phone users.

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  • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

    There should be a place you can take a picture and email to . . . It would be great if Flickr did it.

  • http://mewing.net/johanna Johanna

    My goodness, wouldn’t it be awesome if that’s all that was on one’s business card (the semacode to their blog /portfolio site /etc.). Maybe too much work for some people, but pretty neat. Or if it were on the other side or something.

  • http://www.etagelarsen.com E. Tage Larsen

    This didn’t work so well for Forbes when it was called cuekat.

  • Mike

    semacode is a problem theres a lot of competing barcode formats out there and semacode seems like it’s been completely stagnant for years now

    they were the first ones out of the gate but its not a good visual format and most importantly they havent developed a client that everyone can get on their phones easily. a quick google search can show you a lot of other alternatives that have a better shot of being used by designers moving forward look up shotcode nextcode datamatrix qr-code scanbuy. semacode is just a format but the important thing is to make a product that everyeon can use

    if youve never been to asia you cant imagine how far behind we are on this stuff in the states

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