Post-its are great to jot down quick notes and messages; and important phone numbers; and meeting locations; and the zillions of passwords. Great that is, until they lose their stick and end up buried in piles of work or behind the desk. Now, researchers at MIT have solved that pressing problem with the demoed “Quickies,” a new application to digitize handwritten sticky notes and allow you not only to browse through an archive of notes, but set up to-do lists, send reminders, and even find that sticky note you lost in the middle of a textbook.

The system uses commercially-available digital pens and special writing pads. As users jot on a typical Post-it note, the handwriting recognition software captures the message and stores it on the computer. These notes are then processed by the software and sorted into different types of notes. For instance, a note about the meeting would be added to a calendar; a note left for a friend would be sent as a text message (the computer searches through your address book to find name matches).

An additional feature of the Quickie is an RFID tag on the back of the sticky note. This helps readers track where they posted their sticky note—and help find it. In the video, the Quickie helps find a book with a RFID tagged sticky note—after searching for the note the program tells the user its location “2nd rack in the office.”

Now if only it will find the keys . . .

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Via Engadget