I love the idea of this. I am concerned that it might be lacking the controls necessary in order to keep it from being abused, but they may well be on to something here. I've had a couple of cool barcode ideas hanging out in the back of my head as well, so maybe this will give me the impetus to bring them out to play as well. This is a technology that didn't make sense until the advent of the smartphone which could be easily programmed to become a bar code scanner. Now there is plenty of compute power and connectivity in the smart phones and our imagination becomes the limiting factor.
Cool ideas for Stickybits:
- Social Nework Profiling
- Stickybit Cacheing -- It's virtual geocaching. Why worry about putting junk in a geocache when you can put virtual stuff in the box.
- Virtual tours / information stations -- you can add audio / video / downloads by placing the sticker and mounting it near a landmark / lightpole.
- Scavanger hunt clues -- use the tags as clue stations in a scavenger hunt. The use of red herring clues would be the perfect penalty for advanced players.
What Stickybits needs, but we haven't seen:
- Access control. This may be as simple as a publish only version of the code. Maybe information that could only be revealed by having a password as well.
Let's play with it and see what happens. Scan the code above. Leave me a message.