Geeky Trick: Create QR Codes with Wolfram Alpha
Article by George Norman
On 14 Apr 2011
We already know that Wolfram Alpha, the computational knowledge engine developed by British-born physicist and Mathematica creator Stephen Wolfram, is a great source of knowledge and answers that it obtains by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.

Wolfram Alpha has a very cool trick up its sleeve, the development team behind the computational knowledge engine has recently announced – it can create QR (Quick Response) codes. To create a QR code you need only go to Wolfram Alpha, and type in “QR code:” followed by whatever information you want to be coded as a QR code.


The QR code created with Wolfram Alpha can contain up to 7KB of data. This data can be made up of phone numbers, email addresses, URLs, or just plain text. Once the QR code has been created, you can save the image to your computer (click Save as image from the “dog-ears” in the bottom left hand corner). Once you have the image on your computer you can do whatever you want with it. You can email it to customers, print it out on busness cards, embed it on your website, or use it as the thumbnail image for a news article.

Wolfram Alpha explained that retailers can use QR codes in their advertisements. They could ad a QR code to an ad as a quick link to an online store where the customer can purchase their product(s).

“Since their inception in 1994 in Japan, QR codes have quickly risen in popularity throughout many Asian countries. The technology is still finding its footing in the United States and other western countries, but many advertisers and niche communities are adapting the 2D barcode innovation. Flip open your favorite magazine and you will most likely see the stamp-like code on multiple advertisements,” commented the Wolfram Alpha Team.

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