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Tech watch: QR Codes

Quick Response codes or QR codes were founded in the mid-1990s by a Japanese automotive company to track manufacturing. Since then, they’ve been used for many things including social media and marketing. But the pandemic has introduced an even greater market for these 2-D barcodes that limit paper and (thus) surfaces that need to be cleaned. From restaurant menus to joining Wi-Fi networks, these codes are everywhere — including churches. After guest preaching at a church that used this technology to disseminate their bulletins, I brought this technology back to my own church. I found a website that creates free QR codes, uploaded our bulletin, downloaded the QR code and projected it on the sanctuary screen. Then, I gave a brief tutorial for how to use the technology — simply hold your phone over the graphic and a link will appear on your screen; click on the link and you get where you need to go. Even seasoned saints and those with flip phones were able to master the process. You can see this eco-friendly, convenient technology in this issue of the Outlook on pages 12 and 20. Try it for yourself to purchase some of the books reviewed in this winter books issue!

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