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QR codes only have about 10 years until extinction, inventor believes


By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

June 19, 2014 | 2 min read

The QR code only has a decade left, its inventor, Masahiro Hara, said.

Speaking as he collected the "popular prize" at the European Inventor Award 2014 for his work, Hara said that the QR code is likely to be replaced by something more sophisticated.

He suggests that future software can accurately recognise objects by their size and shape, rather than relying on a special code, such as the new Amazon Fire.

“I think there may be further development in the area of image processing, so they will be able to see directly," he said. “It would be great if we can get away with this code that’s printed on paper and recognise the thing itself. That’s an idea I’ve been having in my mind for years.”

A secure QR code which is capable of distinguishing between what you want to share and what you don't is being looked into in Japan, Hara said.

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