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QR code reading mouse

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The idea is that a mouse has an optical sensor embedded already. Why not perhaps, add a capability to read QR codes.

The idea is that if this capability was integrated with web browser support, it would make accessing QR code more convenient (just as we are already partially doing so with our mobile phone (except that we still have too start the QR reader app to read a code)

mofosyne, Jul 26 2013

Mouse barcode reader Mouse_20barcode_20reader
[MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 26 2013]

Linky for xandram http://api.qrserver...ram%5D&size=985x985
[Dub, Jul 29 2013]

CueCat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CueCat
Bar code reading cat [the porpoise, Jul 30 2013]

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       Whatever next? A printer driver which automatically renders URIs as QR Codes?
Dub, Jul 26 2013

       Hi [Dub] !! xoxoxox
xandram, Jul 26 2013

       // Why not perhaps, add a capability to read QR codes.   

       Because QR codes are blind links which are inherently dangerous and the sooner they go away the better, therefore let's not develop new technology around bad ideas.
tatterdemalion, Jul 26 2013

       //blind links which are inherently dangerous//   

       No different from any shortened URI you might find in a twitter stream, and hardly any worse than a fully formed URI on a domain with which you're not familiar. You don't know what you'll find at www.example.com (unless you've visited before).   

       You always must rely on the context in which the link is shown for a clue as to what you might find if you follow it. Applies to QR codes as well as shortened URIs and full URIs.
Tulaine, Jul 26 2013

       This would only work if you scanned the mouse back and forth repeatedly so as to cover the whole of the QR code.   

       It might, however, work for straightforward barcodes...
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 26 2013

       // No different from any shortened URI you might find in a twitter stream, //   

       People should not follow those either. Even trusted sources can be fooled.   

       QR codes are more dangerous, actually. In the real world they can be pasted over, changing a trustworthy-looking code in an ad into something malicious. Also they are directed at mobile users who are probably less knowledgeable about malware threats, and are using devices which usually do not run any threat protection software.
tatterdemalion, Jul 26 2013

       Anyone who knows to check is safe.   

       Most people don't know to check. The typical mobile user has no idea about the dangers, nor what to watch for. QR codes are marketed directly at this group.
tatterdemalion, Jul 27 2013

       <Linky for [xandram]>
Dub, Jul 29 2013

       CueCat did something like this, only it wasn't QR codes it was barcodes, and it wasn't a mouse it was a cat. <See link>
the porpoise, Jul 30 2013

       ^and it wasn't software related but was a type of fruit smoothie.
AusCan531, Jul 30 2013


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