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QR codes have been built into tourist spots in the Brazilian city of Rio di Janeiro, as part of plans to help visitors find their way around the city.

The codes are displayed using patterns of small tiles - called mosaics.

Tourists can photograph the mosaic with smartphones or tablets.

An app then takes them to a website with lots of information, including maps and things to see and do.

The city, which will be hosting the next Olympic games in 2016, as well as matches at the FIFA World Cup in 2014, will eventually have the codes across 30 of its historic and interesting sites.

Link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/21276736
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That is so clever! And after the Games, they'll still be decorative if not otherwise useful.

lol, I can't help imagining what archaeologists will think they are when they uncover them in 5000 years.
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That is so clever! And after the Games, they'll still be decorative if not otherwise useful.

lol, I can't help imagining what archaeologists will think they are when they uncover them in 5000 years.

Possibly that we used them as a map or something.
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That is so clever! And after the Games, they'll still be decorative if not otherwise useful.

lol, I can't help imagining what archaeologists will think they are when they uncover them in 5000 years.

Possibly that we used them as a map or something.


Maybe a game board? "This one must have been for three players, one in each square corner, and they'd have to reach the maze in the fourth corner....."
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That is so clever! And after the Games, they'll still be decorative if not otherwise useful.

lol, I can't help imagining what archaeologists will think they are when they uncover them in 5000 years.

Possibly that we used them as a map or something.


Maybe a game board? "This one must have been for three players, one in each square corner, and they'd have to reach the maze in the fourth corner....."

I'm 5000 years people will be taller so maybe ermm they thought ermm life size stuff?
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I think that is a creative idea. I don't own a smartphone but I realize these days most folks do.
The mosaics are an interesting way to create the notices but I guess if they are using fixed size tile pieces it would make it easier to be more precise. Computer generated signs would be easier to produce but wouldn't look as nice and probably less durable.
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I really like this idea! And the fact that they are taking steps to not making the code stand out in a ugly way is really cool.

If more places started doing this I'd actually think about getting a newer phone.

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