Embedding information in the Real World


Users who scan barcodes with the new Stickybits iPhone or Android applications can add notes to objects or places. The notes can be in the form of text, image, video, audio, or hyperlink. At the time of scanning, previous notations to the barcode are displayed, creating a kind of dialogue about that object. Notes are even geotagged to show how that object has moved through the world. The ability to scan barcodes is made possible through the use of the Red Laser API, and through a partnership with SimpleGeo, location information is made available in the tagging process.

Any preexisting barcodes are fair game, whether they’re the UPC codes already attached to products or QR Codes. Stickybits also sells packs of barcodes through Amazon, or users can create barcodes on the Stickybits website and print them out themselves.

There are many applications for this new technology: imagine putting a barcode on the back of a business card that links to a LinkedIn profile, for example, or getting a review of a product from a barcode. Similarly, a barcode on a restaurant window could provide users with reviews of that establishment. When scanned, a barcode attached to a bus shelter could provide the user with the bus’ schedule and route.

You can see a great video walk through done by App Judgement here:
http://revision3.com/appjudgment/ip_mau_stickybits

what do you think….?

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~ by digivine on May 7, 2010.

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