Sticker Machines Try for Comeback With Video

If you were a teenager in the nineties, there's a good chance you remember sticker machines. Those terminals in game arcades that snapped a photo of you and produced a sheet of stickers for you to give to your friends. A Japanese company is hoping for a come-back with a version that also produces a short video message to share with friends.

Just like the original machines, the QR Studio will snap a picture of its user and produce a sheet of stickers. But there's something else. Before it takes your picture it will record a 15 second video.

Of course you can't print out a video on a sticker sheet so the terminal does the next best thing. It prints out a two-dimensional barcode called a QR code within which is encoded a URL to a copy of the video on an Internet-attached server.

Just about every modern cell phone in Japan contains a QR code reader so with just a few clicks, friends and associates can be downloading and then watching the video. The QCIF (177 pixel by 144 pixel) resolution file is provided as a 3GP video file so it can also be forwarded to a PC and played back with software such as Quicktime.

At the peak of the sticker craze people queued to enter game arcades to snap pictures but with cell phones able to shoot higher quality pictures and video it remains to be seen if this is the start of something big.

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