CES 2021

QR codes are in every single place, however iTag discovered a option to make them really useful.


Here’s a scientific truth that can’t be disputed in any manner by any means: No one is aware of how, the place, or why QR codes turned a factor. One day, they had been nowhere to be discovered; the subsequent, we had QR codes popping up on each paper flyer stapled to each phone pole, restaurant menu, and faculty bulletin board within the nation. Black magic? Possibly. The Illuminati? We’ve but to see proof on the contrary. And but, regardless of their obvious ubiquitousness, has anybody actually discovered an honest, novel use for them? Up till this week, we’d have stated, “Hell no.” But, as CES 2021 has proven us, there would possibly lastly be a stable use of the picture tech: pet identification collars.

A easy backup for private belongings and pets — The setup is fairly easy: iTag offers clients with pre-manufactured QR codes both printed on adhesive labels or laser-etched onto metallic. Users can then arrange a profile by way of iTag’s web site that permits them to add a pair images in addition to all of the prerequisite contact info. Your pooch and/or feline will get one of many ID tags and… effectively, that is about it, we suppose. Like we stated, fairly easy.

While slapping the QR sticker on one thing like your smartphone case may very well be an honest failsafe if Find My iPhone determined to bug out on you, the pessimist inside us doubts the morals of those hypothetical Good Samaritans.

Blame CES, not us — Still unconvinced on the usefulness of QR codes on the whole? Fair. We stay as skeptical of the utility and origins of these little checkered squares as a lot as the subsequent individual. But CES is a haven for all method of bizarre and wacky tech merchandise, from “smart” perfumes, to lipstick printers, to literal Cadillac passenger drones. When you contemplate these choices, QR coded canine tags actually are fairly tame.

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