writes "Barcodepedia is a community-based online barcode database, where everybody can contribute whichever barcodes they have lying around on their crowded desks simply by holding it in front of your webcam. The database is completely free to use, and everyone is invited to participate. The site should be available in French, Russian, German and Swedish within a week, so get all your friends and go to your local store with a laptop for massive fun. Donations of cuecats and other specialized scanners are welcomed."
Anyone who's read Bruce Sterling's book Shaping Things may immediately think of Sterling's concept of "spimes
" — for those who haven't, Sterling's 2006 SXSW address
explains a bit, too. (It's easy to create your own barcodes
, too — and then, not quite as easily, you can use them to control your house