Imagine having your scratched out grocery list that you created on a paper sticky note automatically synchronized with the task-lists on your web calendar. This is just one of the many possibilities of digital sticky notes or "Quickies" created by the MIT media labs Pranav Mistry.
A few other suggestions from their site:
• Imagine you scribbled a sticky note about an upcoming meeting appointment with your work-colleague; you placed the note on your desktop. Unfortunately, you have overlooked the note, completely forgetting about the meeting and went for lunch with a friend; however you receive a reminder about your appointment with your colleague via a friendly text message on your mobile phone.
• While washing the dishes in the kitchen, the sink garbage disposal breaks down. You make a note, so that you do not forget to email your landlord about the malfunctioning garbage disposal. At the computer later in the night, you are reminded, via a friendly message, to email your landlord.
So how do the Quickies work?
Physical sticky notes are captured into a computer using a digital-pen hardware, which captures the movement of the pen on the surface of a sticky note. A software program stores the handwritten notes as images/strokes and converts the stored hand-written notes into computer-understandable text using handwriting recognition algorithms. The computer program also provides an easy to use interface to browse or search all of the user’s notes. The recognized text is processed using a commonsense knowledge engine and computational AI techniques. This process provides the note database with contextually rich information. Later, the computer program uses its understanding of the user’s intentions, content and the context of the notes to provide the user with reminders, alerts, messages and just-in-time information. The Quickies system links hand-written sticky-notes to the mobile phone, digital calendars, task-lists, e-mail and messaging clients. At the back of each of the Quickies is a unique RFID tag, which makes it possible to locate Quickies in the house
From their site:
"Quickies: Intelligent sticky notes
Post-it notes that can be searched, located and can send reminders and messages, and help us to seamlessly connect our physical and informational experiences.