iBeacon and Education: Bringing Beacons to the Classroom

iBeacon in the Classroom

iBeacon and related technology has a role in the classroom. But while it’s great to have a cool technology for the classroom (acetates on overhead projectors were probably once considered the height of interactive teaching) it’s just a gadget if there isn’t well-considered andragogy or pedagogy. I’ve spent the better part of my career exploring […]

iBeacon Programming: Tips on Ranging, CoreBluetooth and Debugging | Guest Post

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iBeacon programming is deceptively simple. But knowing what classes to use in your XCode project is just part of the challenge. Taking advantage of the extra ‘packets’ in Bluetooth, understanding how far a beacon ranges, and how to use advertising identifiers can challenge even the most experienced programmer. In this guest post by Richard Bown […]

iBeacon Raises Stakes: Kontakt.io Takes Investment

Kontakt iBeacon Kit

We’ve long been fans of Kontakt.io. The company, which was one of the early entrants into the (now crowded) field of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons has displayed a solid approach to technology that avoided flash and dazzle for good old solid coding and services. While their earliest beacons weren’t anything fancy, the company kept improving, […]

Apple Cracks Down on iBeacon for Android

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Apple is cracking down on associations of Android devices with the iBeacon spec. The move may hint at a larger war to own variations of the standards by which our phones ‘hear’ Bluetooth LE (BLE) beacons. Vendors have started complying with guidelines set by Apple and have, as a result, been forced to ‘scrub’ their […]

iWatch, iBeacon and What’s Wrong With Wearables

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When you working with iBeacon technology, the coming generation of wearable devices seems like a natural extension to how you think about user experiences. What better place, after all, to push a welcome message triggered by a beacon than to your wrist?┬áIf you’re not asking your customer to take their phone out of their pocket […]

iBeacon in the Enterprise

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iBeacon will play a role in the office of the future. The role of mobile in the enterprise has undergone a sea change in the past year or two. With companies increasingly abandoning hope that they can prevent the “bring your own device” (BYOD) tidal wave, employees are demanding consumer-level quality in enterprise app experiences. […]

iBeacon is the Football of Technology

Apple may be the Brazil of technology companies and England might be Microsoft, but Time Magazine has missed the bigger story: that football itself is the iBeacon of sports. Now, I’m a once-every-four-years fan of football. But when I do, I find watching it is hypnotic (whereas golf, say, just makes me sleepy). I was […]

iBeacon for Health: With BLE, a Nudge Will Do

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Project Boundary wants to make you healthier. By placing beacons at key locations, it encourages you to make better choices based on proximity, using gamification to reward participants. A beacon at an elevator, for example, can send a message encouraging you to take the stairs instead. Do so and unlock the mountaineer achievement and get […]