It appears that the use of quick response codes to enhance walking tours is becoming quite popular lately.
We have written about nature walks at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, in Sanibel Island, Florida, using QR codes to make it more educational, fun and convenient. And then there are these QR coded walking tours in Camden.
Now, St. Michaels, in Maryland, is following suit. Just as was done in other cities around the world, St. Michaels will also be using QR codes in its walking tour in order to help visitors know the place a lot better.
More specifically, it has been proposed that the design for St. Michaels’ walking tour include a brick sidewalk with QR codes on it.
If you recall, BEQRIOUS recently talked about how Seoul, South Korea, has started embedding QR codes on pavements so tourists are guided through the city’s notable districts. And we also talked about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which started incorporating these two-dimensional matrix barcodes into the beautiful sidewalk mosaics that the city is famous for. These sidewalk QR code mosaics serve as guides for tourists in this South American capital.
The QR codes for St. Michaels’ walking tour would be made from bricks and will be easy to spot and to maintain. The codes are meant for anyone who has a smartphone with a QR code reader application. Scanning the codes would take tourists or visitors to a mobile-optimized website where they can get information about the specific location of a particular code.
This technologically forward idea for the walking tour was proposed by Jeff Fones, who is the president of St. Michael’s Museum. The museum is a central part of the community and is located at the spot where St. Michael’s High School formerly was.
Fones listed at least 15 potential locations for the QR code walking tour, including the James Bensen House, the William J. Fairbank House, and the Christ Episcopal Church. Fones said that over time, the list could be expanded in order to include other points of interest.
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