QR Codes remind me of what it was like “surfing the internet” before search engines were created. I remember sitting in our kitchen in front of our first computer and typing in “Coca-Cola” wondering what would pop up on my screen. There were no guarantees that it would be related to Coca Cola products at all. It was literally “surfing,” and blindly at that!
QR Codes are popping up everywhere now. We’ve seen them used in real estate magazines, business cards, and even on soft drink cups at Taco Bell. You must have a Smart Phone to read a QR Code as well as the Red Laser app. Which, by the way is a FREE app. 🙂
How it works is you open your Red Laser app on your phone – focus it on the QR Code and hold it until it reads the code. When you click on the “open” button, you really have no idea where it will take you. Usually it directs you to the business or person’s website.
As I thought about this amazing technology I had an idea for another use for the QR Code. What if I were to plan a date night where Tom had to click on a QR Code in order to know where to go next? I thought about it for awhile and finally had an idea of what we could do and where we could go.
First, I had to decide where I wanted to go for our Date Night. Second, I decided to make it themed, Goodbye To Summer. Third, I determined where I wanted to take Tom. Fourth, I had to make the QR Code for each location. It is simple really, open the website you want them to go to, copy the link address, go to a QR Code Generator like qrcode.kaywa.com, paste the address in the line provided, and VOILA! The QR Code is made for you. (You can also type text up to 250 characters and make a qr code for it. When the image is clicked the text will pop up on the smartphone screen. Yep, I said it was amazing! The QR Code at the top of the post has a text message from us to you!) Finally I copied the Code by right clicking on the image and saving the file where I wanted it saved. Then, I made a “Travel Guide” for Tom to follow using his smartphone as his personal guide.
Confused? Below is our very first QR Codefor you to see:
Goodbye To Summer Date Night
- When Tom walked in the door from work, there was a Travel Guide waiting for him on the counter with his favorite drink. The first page had a code and a note saying to click it and enjoy! It was to a You Tube video of Jason Mraz singing “Summer Breeze.”
- I came out ready to leave. We got in the car and Tom was told to turn the page.
- On the second page I had the QR Code for the restaurant where we were going to enjoy dining al fresco overlooking a beautiful lake – something we love doing in the summer. The restaurant? Lagos, and we went during Happy Hour, so we could enjoy appetizers at half the normal cost. It was perfect.
- After dinner we went back to the car where I had Tom turn the page.
- The next code was of Harry P. Leu Gardens. They were having Date Night in the Garden with an outdoor showing of the classic film, Father of the Bride from 1950. I knew Tom didn’t want to see this movie again (it always makes him cry), so I decided to go there just to walk and talk. The garden is rarely open at night, and we love watching the sunset. It was a beautiful evening.
- When the mosquitoes came out, of which I hadn’t prepared – we decided it was time to move on to the next location – another favorite restaurant to pick up dessert to go.
- Finally, we ended up back home with one more page to go. Tom clicked on the code which took him to this – a movie trailer of the French film, The Chorus. I had rented the movie through Netflix. It was dubbed in English, but once we got used to reading the subtitles, we didn’t even realize we were. It was a great movie – a rating we rarely give to movies – the music alone makes it worth watching.
So, how could you use QR Codes to make your very own Date Night? You know, it’s not just for business anymore.