Life alert! QR codes aimed to prevent elderly folk from getting lost have been introduced across several Chinese cities, allowing people to give a helping hand to wandering grandmas and grandpas with the information included in the codes.
The QR codes, usually printed on badges, include information such as the elderly person’s ID card number, family contact information and resident district. The information can be read by people once they scan the code by using their smartphones. The badge, together with the QR code on it, seemingly act as a handy digital name card that can’t be easily broken. Or lost!
Qiao Zong Lian, an 84-year-old woman living in Anhui’s Ding Xiang District, began wearing the badge because she likes to go out by herself everyday.
“I’ll rely on this to get back home if I get lost,” she told reporters.
In her district alone, eight elderly people have volunteered to test the new product.
“As everyone has mobile phone now, I think that there will be more people willing to help the elderly,” said Chen Lei, a resident in the Ding Xiang district.
By 2050 there will be 480 million people over 60 years old living in China, while the number of young people will have fallen.
That’s gonna be a lot of wandering old folk. That is, until their grandkids are scanning the QR codes on their gravestones.
[Images Via Nan Feng Daily]