Adding iBeacon to Your Mobile Strategy | Guest Post

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Ever since Apple deployed Beacons across 254 of its stores in the US, there has been a substantial buzz around these tiny devices, that businesses believe will act as the magical bridge between the offline and online worlds. According to a recent study by eDigitalResearch, 78% of consumers agreed that they would be happy to […]

iBeacon Alternative: Arduino Beacons and Evothings HTML Studio

Arduino Beacon BLE

Want to create your own beacon? Grab an Arduino and check out the Evothings road map to make it happen. The company demonstrates how to use their Evothings Studio to deliver interactions based on HTML and Javascript to to the end user, whether for iOS or Android. Using a relaxation/exercise example, the company notes that […]

Google, Chrome and Open Beacons: Devices as URLs

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It’s rare that you hear about proximity beacons without the name iBeacon being attached. Apple has built its own preferences and standards for how Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices be deployed to a ‘proximity’ specification, and has built a portfolio of patents around user experiences. Yet in spite being associated with Apple, we’re still talking […]

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 […]