2D Sense – an iPhone 2D barcode reader that works

by Jon Thompson on July 26, 2008

I just came across the 2D Sense iPhone barcode reader this morning.  I did a search on my wife’s iPhone in the App store for ‘QR Codes’ and it popped right up.  (Still no luck with ScanLife!).  It has a very clean interface and does a good job at pulling QR Codes off of a computer screen.  (I have yet to try it in the wild.)

If you are looking for a way to easily generate QR Codes for websites you visit and you are a Firefox user be sure to check out the Mobile Barcoder 0.1.4 which I wrote about here, a few posts back.

2D barcodes hold a lot of potential for the aid community and I hope to soon see some apps that help to make our job easier.  The 2D Sense Platform is a good start.

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Tim Rueb July 26, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Intriguing post. What do you use these bar codes for? Or how does this help you?

Jon July 26, 2008 at 6:12 pm

In the archives you’ll find a few other posts about 2D barcodes and how they are being used. I have yet to hear news of folks using them in the field for humanitarian purposes. However, the technology is quite new and hasn’t even had a chance to make it into the mainstream here in the States. Let us hope that aid organizations soon pick it up and use it to their advantage. As soon as I hear of it being used in the humanitarian arena I will be sure to write about it!

Tim Rueb July 26, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Don’t get me wrong, based on the wiki link you provided, I can see how the example of inventory control makes sense. This would be a very good inexpensive solution for many supply-chain shops.

I’m just struggling to see how this helps on public web sites when the reader is needed.

I guess I could see some applications for this in a employee web site in which you incorporated a mobile strategy and all the needed components were available to all in the compnay.

dean collins July 27, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Hi Tim,

I’ve put together a 60 second QR code overview for dummies at;


It has a number of examples of how ‘you/anyone’ could implement QR codes outside of the standard business card vcard file upload or website upload.

Let me know what you think.


Tim Rueb July 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm

@dean Well after I got over being associated with the “Dummies” crowd, (which really didn’t take that long), I checked out your link. Thanks.

Any idea on the saturation level of QR Readers in the US market?

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