Mobile Tech and Barcodes

Scanning barcodes with your mobile phone always seemed like a bit too much work to me, I didn't really see the point. When museums bragged about their exhibits complete with barcode curation, I couldn't help but think to myself: Why would I take the time to scan a barcode at a museum to read more about the display in front of me? Wouldn't a placard be more efficient? Maybe I'm just lazy, but it still seems a bit backward to put an artificial, technological barrier between a museum-goer and an exhibit.

This point aside, these days I'm seeing more and more interesting applications with barcodes and mobile scanners. One such application, Stickybits, allows users to attach messages or links to barcodes, therein blurring the lines between the physical and virtual worlds we live in. They even suggest applying barcodes to nontraditional items like a business card, allowing potential employers to scan the card and see a copy of your resume or current projects.

Or just use Stickybits to leave messages for friends or fellow consumers. Either way, it is a fun way to connect to your community in a fun, efficient and useful way.