March 30, 2010

StickyBits – Leave Your Mark On the World

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.

Practical Uses:

  • Attach barcodes with embedded user manuals onto all of your appliances
  • Embed a special message on the barcode of any gift card you buy
  • Upload content onto the barcode of a book from the library and check the map to see who else is reading it and where they are located
  • Print a barcode embedded with your resume onto all of your business cards

Insider Tips:

  • Link your StickyBits account to Facebook and share barcodes with friends
  • Use your printer to print barcodes on regular paper or envelopes
  • Order products with barcodes printed on them from Zazzle
  • Connect with your Foursquare account to automatically check-in whenever you are located when you scan a new barcode

What we liked:

  • There are almost limitless ways to use StickyBits in your everyday life
  • StickyBits is a fun way to personalize gifts to friends
  • Scanning barcodes on random products can become addictive and fun
  • See who else has owned any used products you have in your possession

What we didn’t like:

  • Users need to download the mobile application to get much use out of StickyBits


  • None

Company Info:

  • Launched: March 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: New York, New York
  • Founded by: Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein
  • Web site:


  • Free to use
  • Vinyl barcode stickers cost $9.95/pack of 20

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