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Mobile barcodes from StickyBits: making the whole world a message board

Posted by TeamITI on May 20, 2010

Imagine you get a book from the library, and you see someone has written what they though about it inside the front cover. And the next person to borrow it left their opinions too. It’s nice to see what other people thought of the book, but it’s rarely appropriate to scribble your ideas on things. A New York based company called StickyBits wants to use mobile barcodes to allow this, and more practical behavior.

What does StickyBits do?

The physical product of StickyBits are stickers. But on these stickers the company is placing barcodes. Any object can be tagged with a StickyBit by just applying the sticker:

That’s the physical component – the other part of the service is digital. StickyBits has released a free-to-download mobile application for iPhone and Android. Using this app, you can scan any barcode with your barcode and attached some digital content to that barcode. It doesn’t even need to be a StickyBit barcode – the app will let you attach content to any existing barcode. It’s just the that StickyBits barcodes allow you to highlight the fact that there is some content to be accessed here.

What kind of content?

Pretty much anything, to be honest. Once that barcode has been tagged in the StickyBits server, you can do pretty much whatever you like with it. You can attach a simple message to it (like the library book reviews). Or you could attach a video. Or a photograph, or a website. Anything that can be hosted on-line can be attached to a StickyBit.

Once you’ve released your StickyBit into the wild, other people can scan it and see what content you’ve applied. Maybe the cleverest bit of the whole service is that once someone has seen what you’ve attached to the barcode, they can attach something of their own. So they can leave a comment about your video, or their opinions on the photo. Or their response to your review. You can, in effect, attach a message board to anything that a sticker can go on. In order to access that message board, someone just needs to get their hands on that barcode.

Incidentally, it’s not just standard barcodes like that which StickyBits scans. It also does QR barcodes.

This article is published by GoMo News, please read the original article here.


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