Microsoft Tag – Linking real life with the digital world

Posted by Jack Cook on Jan 22, 2009

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I’ve been playing with my new device (HTC Touch Pro) for the past two days and have been enjoying it immensely.  Of course when I get a new device I generally take a day and play around with it to get used to what is on the device and then create a partnership with two of my PCs and slowly add my “must have” applications.  I’ve been pretty good so far in taking my time adding “stuff” without putting on so much that you never get to use it all.  In fact, I have been rather methodical in what I want on this device.  I did add Live Search immediately because I have found it to be an invaluable tool to have on the road and I always load RESCO Explorer as well as my photo program of choice, RESCO Photo Viewer Pro.

But today I decided to add a program I saw demonstrated at the Microsoft booth while at CES called Microsoft Tag.  It is a pretty extraordinary program that is simple to load, easy to operate and works surprisingly well.  In fact, this program has limitless possibilities.

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So what is Microsoft Tag?  It is a program that gives you the ability to have interactive communications instantly.  How does it do it?  When you start the program and point your device’s camera at the tag,  it automatically snaps  an image (you DO NOT press a button), translates what the image says and connects you to the Internet to have immediate access to mobile content, videos, music, and more.  It is that simple and it is most definitely very cool!Nothing to type, no browsers to launch!

You can have tags that give a message:

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You can have tags that will dial a number for you.  This tag will dial Boston’s Weather:

 Boston Weather

Click the READ MORE to see some more examples and try a few of the TAGS to see where they go!

And the ability to have a V Card that you can scan and have the option to save to your contacts

 test vcard final

 

Of course, you can create tags so others will be able to visit your favorite website.  Here are a few examples for you to try as soon as you install Microsoft Tag on your device.  As soon as you scan them, Internet Explorer will launch the website.

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Leckness_BarCode

Julie_BarCode

Elrendhel_BarCode

This is very cool stuff and has endless possibilities.  And BTW, you can check stats to see just how many times a tag has been accessed … how cool is that?

Check it out, I think you will like it!  You can get Microsoft Tag – Linking real life with the digital world here!

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Jack spent 35 years teaching mathematics, worked as a Dean of Students, and completed his career as a Principal of a suburban school just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout his years in public education, the computer field has always sparked an interest in him.In his early years as a teacher, he became proficient with computers by teaching himself “BASIC” with an old HP card reader. Handheld computers soon became his passion where he eventually focused his attention on the HP iPAQ. Jack participates in several discussion groups and is currently serving as Senior Editor on Mobilitysite, serves as a moderator in the Microsoft Windows Phone forums and maintains his personal site, Experience Mobility. Jack brings to the mobile device community, news, events, and reviews that generate the same passion in handheld’s that he has had.

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  • KCMatt

    Wow! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/DarrenHumphries Darren Humphries

    That’s kinda cool and interesting. Nice to see something different.

  • http://www.mobilitysite.com breley

    This is an interesting application. Of course, my first thoughts are “What are the security implications if this were widely adopted”, particularly in terms of phishing? Still, very cool concept.

  • http://www.lettucebrain.com Kevin1a

    I’m not sure I like the part about not having to press the camera button. That means the camera is always on, recording everything you do, and transfering the data to Microsoft. I might be a little paronoid, but its better to be on the safe side. I am too the point where I want to install a physical switch that can interrupt the microphone circuit, and put a blinder in front of my camera.

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