StickyBits is an application that allows users to attach videos, images, audio, or text files to sticky barcodes—yes, actual barcodes—which can then be peeled off and stuck onto any real world object. The barcodes can also be printed on merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, and office supplies, and then scanned using the StickyBits mobile application to reveal whatever type of file has been embedded. There’s no limit to the number of people who can link their files to a StickyBits barcode, since each file is simply added to the barcode’s history for the next person to discover.
Although signing up for StickyBits is free, users won’t get much use out of the application without purchasing a packet of vinyl barcode stickers and downloading the StickyBits mobile app. Using the application, you can scan any barcode—the system works not just on StickyBits barcodes, but also on the barcodes printed on actual products, as well—and upload a photo, audio message, video, or text file to be attached to that code. Anyone who scans the barcode with StickyBits’ mobile application can see whatever objects were embedded, and can then add his or her own file to be included in the barcode’s history at the same time. Using the mobile application, you can follow a particular barcode across a map and track where the object has been based on where it was scanned most recently.
The more objects you scan using StickyBits the more messages you’ll uncover, until eventually every object with a barcode reveals a unique history of embedded files. Not only that, but StickyBits has nearly limitless applications around the house as well—allowing you to upload user manuals onto a tiny barcode to be scanned if an appliance should break, or attach favorite recipes directly to the sugar jar in your kitchen. There’s no doubt that anyone who starts using StickyBits will find their own way to utilize this fun application.
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