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meshtag, an interesting alternative to QR codes

The QR codes have not yet taken off. It is true that they are useful, that you see in many sites, that they are practical and easy to generate, but they have three problems that prevent them from becoming really popular:

– They cannot be drawn by hand anywhere (they are difficult to reproduce), so it always depends on a printer. – It is not sufficiently disclosed, and most people do not know what a QR code reader or How they are used.– To create a QR code it is necessary to access some specific program (there are many websites capable of creating it), and most do not know about these resources.

In order to solve some of these problems (mainly the first one), meshtag was born, a project that allows you to create codes that can be drawn by hand and recognized by your reader, with the aim of pointing to the web address that we previously specified.

The project is still in development, but the idea is already defined on its website. We can create millions of combinations of lines that are joined by vertices in a triangle template, obtaining unique drawings that point to the url that we indicate.

When someone captures this diagram with the meshtag reader, go from the mobile to the configured link.

The advantage is that if we memorize the drawing, we can paint it anywhere, without having to print it previously, thus spreading the url more flexibly and making it easier to remember the diagram. The problem is that we will always depend on a meshtag code reader, so we return to one of the main obstacles of the QR code. On the other hand, it is important to indicate that the content is in the cloud (the relationship between the drawing and the url), so the connection to the Internet is necessary during scanning (in QR codes it is encoded in the diagram).

We will be watching the evolution of this system.