Stickybits barcodes open door to future


Can a barcode tell a story? It can if it’s powered by Stickybits to add digital information to real-world objects.

Earlier this week I received a postcard from colleague Jim Haryott containing nothing in the message area other than a barcode.

Using a reader – available for Android and iPhones – I was able to read a message and see a piece of video which had been attached.

Interacting with information in the landscape is at an early stage and the Internet of Things is still a long way off but Stickybits shows a glimmer of what’s coming.

For now it’s a bridge between analogue and digital.  In future, interaction with objects via a mobile device will become an everyday feature.


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