QR codes are evolving into their newest form: the barcode QR code.

For a long time, we’ve been using UPC barcodes to store strings of information in a compact space, both on product labels and on people in dystopian sci-fi movies. But as our needs grew and became more advanced, something better was also needed.

So, in 1994 Denso Wave, a subsidiary of Toyota, developed the QR code as a way to more quickly scan large amounts of information on product labels or with drones in the sky, with the added benefit of making people scared.

But familiarity often breeds contempt, and when QR codes became a part of our daily lives, they themselves began to seem awkward. Like the old predicament of the half empty or half glass of water, the square code can be thought of as either a short bar or a thick bar, depending on how you look at it.

In response to such concerns, the Micro QR code was developed, but its compact size came at the cost of limited data storage.

Denso Wave now believes they have struck a balance between the powerful storage of a QR code and the elegance of a barcode with the rMQR code. It has a layout similar to a stretched Micro QR code, but boasts about ten times the data capacity.

For comparison, a standard QR code can contain up to 7089 numbers or 4296 English letters. The Micro QR code can only contain up to 35 digits or 21 letters, but the rMQR code increases this to 361 digits or 219 letters with a slight increase in size compared to the Micro QR code.

The rMQR code format has already been approved by ISO, making it available for widespread use. They can also fit into a number of places where a standard QR code would have problems, such as the border of an image or the curved surface of a bottle.


So, it looks like the classic bar is making a triumphant return to the world of codes. It just shows that as the world is constantly evolving, the means of storing and transmitting data must evolve. It’s still too early to tell if this new format will catch on. original QR codebut if this happens, I will be very sorry for all those people who got a tattoo on themselves.

Source, images: PR Times

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