Going to Rio de Janeiro? Your smartphone will be useful

Going to Rio de Janeiro?  Your smartphone will be useful
Rio is a place where it is worth the effort to bring a really nice camera to capture the moments that you will most assuredly have while visiting.

QR codes (Quick Response codes) are the norm now, and the city has found a neat way to blend modern technology with the traditional environment. Rio de Janeiro has started to embed QR codes as mosaics within the trademark black and white sidewalks that are all over the city.

Two codes have been installed at Arpoador, a landmark boulder that is found at Ipanema beach, which is known for surfing and spectacular views of the beach and city. The beach is also known for being dog friendly too.

The QR codes provide tourists with information about the beach in three languages, Portuguese, Spanish and English. Along with a map of the area that people can read off their smartphones, people that scan the codes will learn of the beach’s nickname as the “Devil’s Beach,” and that the name Arpoador stems from the whalers that used to harpoon whales off shore.

Rio has plans to install 30 QR codes at various sites which should give ample access to tourists while preserving the historic designs found there. It will certainly prove useful for people that will be visiting during the run up to the Olympics in 2016.

source: The Telegraph

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6 Comments

1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Future civilizations will look at these formations, place them in museums, and wonder WTF it is. Lmao.

2. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Maybe the will think QR codes as portal, in the years 2 thousands, for the people on the year 4 thousands..

4. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

They'll think it means the end of the world and then when it hits 4013, nothing will happen and everyone will go back to their lives.

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Touche.

3. nDray

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

This is originally from Portugal, iirc

6. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

When I first saw the headline, I thought it referred to Rio's reputation for kidnapping. Perhaps there's an app for that?

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