I have been thinking about this for a while. I know that people have attached qr codes to some things but they all lead to the generic wiki page I believe. The problem with the qr codes, which are awesome by the way, as they are 1. they are paper and peal away or are in the way and get caught when using the machine 2. they are generic and need to lead somewhere.
I have a proposal that I will take care of if you want. I want to take the qr code thing to the next level.
When I worked as Technology Manager at Kinkos years ago we have numerous people using self serve equipment and employees using equipment that they may not have been trained on. I had a little flip chart next to or attached to the equipment with instructions on how to do the basics like print, copy, change paper or toner, safety issues, access the network, cleaning, simple maintenance and troubleshooting, etc. I think we should implement something similar at the COG.
This is going to be a long project so don't think things are going to happen overnight, but here are the steps ---
- pick up acrylics for display
- take a photo of each piece of equipment
- go to the wiki page create a page for each piece of equipment
- post an acrylic with a photo of the machine, and a qr code to the machine's specific wiki page
- enlist the help of COG members to write in the information about each piece of equipment on the wiki pages
- optional - create little flip books for some of the more popular machines so info is on-hand and on-line not necessary.
- update the wiki as necessary and add new equipment as it comes in or gets altered or repaired in real time
Why would I want this?
1. It really looks professional not having little wrinkled pieces of paper taped to things or hand written notes everywhere
2. Distribution of information in a timely manner (updating the wiki gets the info out there in real time)
3. It allows people with the knowledge of the machines who want to help but don't have time to teach, they can fill out wiki information from home/office