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Brazil: Bar codes on sidewalks give tourist info

8:08 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil is mixing tradition with the newest technology to connect visitors to tourist information by embedding bar codes into the black and white stone mosaic sidewalks that are a symbol of Rio de Janeiro.

The first two-dimensional bar codes were installed Friday at the end of Ipanema beach, by a huge rock called Arpoador.

Anyone who wants to know more about the area can download an application to their smartphone or tablet and photograph the icon.

The user is taken to a website that gives basic facts about the place, interesting trivia, and a map.

Thirty of these codes will be installed on Rio sidewalks throughout the year, linking tourists to information about historical sites, beaches and vistas.

Associated Press

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