(source: CTV News.ca Staff)

Date: Sun. Jul. 24 2011 5:17 PM ET

The black and white squares resembling a tiny maze can be found on everything from airline tickets to billboards, but businesses are also using these digital barcodes to connect customers with the origins of what they eat and drink. QR codes, or Quick Response codes, have been around since 1994 in Japan where they were developed by a Toyota subsidiary to track inventory. But the technology has only recently made headway in North America. The codes can be used for everything from entering contests, receiving coupons, ordering food and linking to a website. A Vancouver company, Ethical Bean Coffee, saw business boost by nearly 40 per cent since adorning their packages with the digital codes about a year ago. (read...)



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