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QRMemento: working to preserve the past PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 19 August 2013 09:39
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Dennis Szilak of Perrysburg with a QRMemento. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Museums, archives and other institutions have worked through the ages to preserve elements of the past.
One new business in the city is attempting to do the same thing with the help of the digital realm.
QRMemento, the brainchild of Denniz Szilak, produces custom QR or "Quick Response" codes that can be displayed in a home or even, in the form of specially-produced ceramic tiles, be used in the outdoors.
The codes, resembling a gridlike maze of black and white squares, work like a barcode. Once scanned with a smartphone camera, the codes will link up with a customized website created by the business for the customer.
"Put simply, we guarantee that the electronic time-capsule... will be available perpetually," said materials on the QRMemento website.
"Your QR memento offers a lifetime and more of memories in an indestructible mobile form. An attractive mobile webpage, designed with your own text and a photo, provides viewers with your personal way to describe a special person, place, pet or memory."
Szilak said the idea for the business venture came to him after reading about the use of QR codes for varying products, as well as the increase in the number of smartphones.
He then researched the concept for two years in order to figure out the best means for QR codes to be placed outdoors.
"They have to be kiln-fired" ceramic, he said, noting later that he looked into a number of other processes, including screen-printing and etching.
Szilak said that he uses a printer in Philadelphia that can specially print the QR decals "and these will fire black," he said. Other proceses can fade the color of the QR code.
The business began operation earlier this year. The products range in price form $60 to $120.
Szilak created an example QR code and site for the tombstone of William Harbeck, a Toledo native who died April 15, 1912 - as a passenger on the Titanic.
The website created for Harbeck, and accessible via the QR code, includes images of the tombstone as well as a lengthy biography.
Szilak has submitted a proposal to install a QR code at the Perry Monument at the end of Louisiana Avenue in the city. A site for the proposed code has been created as well.
 

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