dhavleak writes "Some interesting looking stuff from the boffins in MSR: Microsoft Tag: "With the Microsoft Tag application, just aim your camera phone at a Tag and instantly access mobile content, videos, music, contact information, maps, social networks, promotions, and more. Nothing to type, no browsers to launch!". Device support is fairly extensive (iPhone, WinMo, Blackberry and more), and tag scanning appears to work quickly and reliably from a different distances and angles.
Long Zheng has an overview on his site. The tag is similar to a barcode, but has obvious visual differences — colored vs. black and white, and triangles vs. squares or lines. Perhaps this was required to optimize the area in which the tag data was encoded, while also yeilding better results for pattern recognition software. The technology looks interesting — but will it get the adoption necessary for it to be successful? What applications do you see for such technology?"
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