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This QR code clock offers a fun notion — signs or other visual cues for the benefit of robots.

Our “Clock for Robots” is something from this coming robot-readable world. It acts as dynamic signage for computers. It is an object that signal both time and place to artificial eyes.

It is a sign in a public space displaying dynamic code that is both here and now. Connected devices in this space are looking for this code, so the space can broker authentication and communication more efficiently.

[Via Beyond the Beyond]

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


  • http://twitter.com/RunningDroid Seth

    It’s not a QR code, it’s a Data matrix, they probably used a Data Matrix because QR codes are proprietary and Data Matrixes (matrices?) are open.

  • http://twitter.com/RunningDroid Seth

    It’s not a QR code, it’s a Data matrix, they probably used a Data Matrix because QR codes are proprietary and Data Matrixes (matrices?) are open.

    • http://aarontoponce.org/ Aaron Toponce

      QR code is not proprietary and Data Maxtrix open. Data Matrix is in the public domain and QR code is free of any license: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/QR_code#License

      • http://twitter.com/RunningDroid Seth

        Oh, I must have mixed up QR and EZ codes. (I only knew the difference because of this article: http://hackaday.com/2011/08/23/barcode-tattoo-has-a-lot-of-thought-put-into-it/ )

  • Kevin Johnson

    Yea, what Seth said.

    It also looks like it’s just an idea and they haven’t actually built one, but it’s a pretty cool idea.  I didn’t quite see the point until the video showed them scanning one to show it decoding as “At so-and-so around 9:30″.  Great way to encourage people to advertise for you.

  • http://aarontoponce.org/ Aaron Toponce

    It’s not QR Code. It’s Data Matrix. I would be nice if people could learn their 2D barcodes, if they’re going to blog about them.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the love!

  • Piotr Wnek

    “It is an object that signal both time and place to artificial eyes.”

    Ok but if we are talking about robots – It’s probably logical that the robot entered the room would know exactly where he enters. Otherwise would not come there ??? I’ll skip the fact that robots can have an internal clock and gps locator.

  • http://profiles.google.com/naikrovek jeremiah johnson

    This is kinda cool.  I can see this being useful for synchronizing time on non-connected devices.  There’s also a coolness factor that you accuracy-obsessed nerds don’t seem to appreciate.

  • http://www.ideann.com/ fiona

    It is hard to tell it is a clock…..
    My clock is geeky, haha, somehow you may not even know what time is it.

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