Firefox Extension: Mobile Barcoder

My first useful Firefox extension is a QRcode mobile barcode generator, to help zap links to your compatible mobile.

You may have noticed that every page on my blog has strange square barcode on the sidebar. This is a QRCode, which is a barcode format supported by new S60 3.0 mobile phones (eg. the Nokia Eseries/N91 phones).

Why would I want this?

If you have a new mobile phone supporting barcodes in this format, then you can use this extension rather than typing long URLs into your mobile's browser. Now you have more time to spend actually reading the content!

Usage

Once installed you can hover over a section of the status bar and a barcode for the current window's URL will be displayed. Simply 'zap' this with your S60 3.0 mobile's camera to have the URL sent to the phone. The plan is to add more and more ways of generating a barcode, read the current roadmap to see what's planned for future versions.

Statusbar appearance

Barcode appearance

At the moment the extension is using a script of my server (found here) to generate the barcodes. If you know of a way I could generate the barcodes completely within the extension, please contact me (blog [at] antimatters [dot] co [dot] uk)

Installation

The extension is now available from Mozilla's Firefox Add site.

Roadmap

I don't know when I'll have time to spend on the extension, or how much effort each feature is going to need, so I can't put any dates or promises on the features. The features are listed in some sort of priority order, but it's fairly relaxed

  • Key combination (user configurable) + hover on link or highlighted text for a barcode of it
  • Save barcode option on context menu for links, page, and highlighted text
  • Cache the barcodes
  • Generation of the barcode image completely within the extension
  • Support for multiple barcode formats (eg. Semacode)
  • Configurable options for the barcode generation (size, fault tolerance level, etc)

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On weekdays I'm a Technical Lead at Comparethemarket.com, having previously been a Solution Architect at Nokia & Nokia Siemens Networks, creating creative software solutions for mobile operators around the world.

In my spare time I'm an avid new technology fan, and constantly strive to find innovative uses for the new gadgets I manage to get my hands on. Most recently I've been investigating Mobile Codes, RFID and Home automation (mainly Z-Wave). With a keen eye for usability I'm attempting to create some cost-effective, DIY technology solutions which would rival even high-end retail products. The software I develop is usually released as Open Source.

I have a Finnish geek partner, so have begun the difficult task of learning Finnish.


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