I will be presenting my MAT-381 talk about “how to read a QR code without using a smartphone” by decoding its message step by step.

The use of QR codes is increasing every day as smartphones become more popular. QR codes can be used to store Wi-Fi set up information, web addresses, phone numbers, and other contact information. You no longer have to write down or hope to remember these things. Simply hold your phone’s built-in camera to the QR code.

I am a Mathematics and Digital Media Arts student, I am not a computer science major, but this talk will include material based on computer science. As a math student, I wondered how they encoded QR codes. QR code encoding and decoding are based on computer science, logic, matrices, and mathematics.

My talk will cover how to decode the message data, fixed patterns, and variable data, but I will not cover error correction. If you are interested in error correction, I would recommend the Reed-Solomon error correction technique.

Reed-Solomon error correction: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Reed%E2%80%93Solomon_codes_for_coders.

To encode the data: https://www.qrcode-monkey.com/#text

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