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Will Augmented Reality Spell the End of the QR Code?

June 13, 2012
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In the season finale of the Fox TV series "Touch," savant Jake grabs a smartphone (which product placement clearly shows us is an AT&T Windows phone) and launches Air Graffiti, an AT&T service which, according to the website, “allows users to place videos, photos and songs “in the air” at a physical location.” He shoots an image that his father will recognize. After he vanishes, the father (portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland) scans the activity room and finds the phone with the object already on the screen.
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