QR codes are ubiquitous, but consumers generally disregard them because they can be a nuisance to scan, and generally contain little useful information. They have multiple other uses for shipping, logistics, and ticketing, but at a "consumer" level, they're typically used to trigger URLs and strings of text. As part of his initial thesis explorations, Products of Design student Josh Corn reframed the QR code to push its potential: He took sets of QR codes and turned them into a musical instrument.
QRchestra is an app that scans each unique code and uses it to trigger a sound effect. When played in succession, the codes are able to produce an orchestral piece.
This was the first app that Josh has developed, and he plans on taking more explorations into unexpected uses for technologies as he continues his thesis work. You can experience QRchestra yourself—as it is now available on the App Store as a free download—and scan the codes below to try it!
And to hear the full potential of the app, make sure you come to the 2016 Open House on Friday, November 11, where Josh, along with other students, will have their work on display!