Thursday, March 08, 2007

Microsoft Uses Barcodes For Text2Paper

Think of this as a physical world hyperlink creating device.

From Seattle Times Microsoft's TechFest

Brier Dudley got a chance to see some of the new products Microsoft is developing. One of them utilizes physical world connection.

Called Text2Paper, the device receives and prints short SMS messages sent from phones onto clear stickers. The labels can then be pasted onto an adjacent paper calendar, on the appropriate day.

The idea is that family members could send appointments, shopping lists and other info to this system, which would most likely be mounted in a kitchen. Each printout also has a bar code that can be read by camera phones, so you can take a picture of an appointment with your phone and have it automatically synced with the device's calendar

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