QR Codes and ICAL
August 30, 2011 9:58 AM Subscribe
How can I create a file that has the information for a calendar event that automatically downloads to your phone's calendar?
posted by Peregrin5 to computers & internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been playing around with VCards and QR Codes so that now I have a QR code that I can have printed on the back of my business cards, that when you scan it, it will automatically download all the contact information on the business card directly to your phone.
I showed it to the people in the office I work with on my campus, and they want to use something similar to download the information for calendar events directly to people's smart phones, and attach a QR code to their fliers for certain workshops and stuff.
I've been trying to research it, and it seems the universal calendar event file-format is ICAL, but I tested it out linking the ICAL URL for a Google Calendar of mine to a QR code and tried it out with my phone. My phone successfully tried to download the file, but I don't think it was as automatic as the VCARD thing. I would have probably had to download it somewhere on my phone, and then go into my calendar and import it manually from wherever I downloaded it to.
I want it to be scan, snap, bang, it's in my calendar, like what I can do with contact info. Is there a way (perhaps editing the mime-types on the download server) that I can have the event directly imported into the phone-users default calendar?