Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.
On December 18, Dutch social media expert Polle de Maagt claimed in a guest post on this blog that mobile barcode concept ShotCode was soon-to-be history.
The future is in GPS/bluetooth/triangulated services. And although I really really liked ShotCode: exit ShotCode
Yet, when I visited his blog (Dutch) today, I noticed this really interesting concept that could save ShotCode from its predicted death:
What’s the story here? Multimedia designer Phil Lu came up with the idea, and presented it as a mock-up on Geneco. This ordering system makes sure you won’t have to stand in the ordering line, which is always there. It will make the life of many personal assistants way easier. And here comes the ShotCode-saving element: Lu suggests a ‘swipe transaction system using semacode technology’ as a payment method. That’s where the cool-looking ShotCode comes in:
Just imagine that Apple and Starbucks are digging the idea and will start to implement it. They’re both cool brands, so it’s not really out-there. Wouldn’t that make ShotCode übercool as well?
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