QR codes are cool, but we're mostly over them. To present a fresh new concept that comes with more flavor, Viral Spaces from the MIT Media Lab has created Graffiti Codes, which allows you to turn any drawn shape into a scannable code. Developed by Jeremy Rubin and Andrew Lippman, the technology recognizes accelerometer-based paths that can be created on any surface using any medium, like paint or markers. Mobile phones and devices can then read the newly created shape using the Graffiti Codes software to encode it with a link to a website. Although it functions almost like a QR code, the distinguishing factor is that any piece of visual art can be turned into a code, and one that can be appreciated beyond an appearance of a grid of pixelated squares.

[via PSFK]