Kontakt Cloud Beacon: Shipping Goodness

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Kontakt.io is finally shipping its Cloud Beacon developer kits – and the little units pack a powerful punch. Their Cloud Beacon is one of a suite of emerging technologies that support large-scale beacon deployments. They help overcome issues with security, monitoring, management and quality assurance and bring proximity technology to an industrial-scale/enterprise-grade level which may […]

Beacon Week San Francisco

Beacon Week San Francisco

Beacons are the ‘gateway drug to the Internet of Everything’. And as we’ve shifted from prototypes to large-scale deployments and start to see increasingly complex systems and devices for managing fleets of beacons, the number of use cases and businesses which will be built around the devices will only grow. This deck is for those […]

Be The Force: Beacons as Moral Agents

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The story of technology swings from narratives of hope to a kind of collective despair and anxiety. We create myths out of people who walk around in faded jeans and hoodies and in the next breath have nightmares about┬árobots taking over our factories, our homes, our cities, our collective conscience. We revere Steve Jobs or […]

Samsung Placedge SDK and Resources

Samsung Placedge

Samsung will launch its beacon platform to developers tomorrow. And while the headline is that they’ll be offering a way to let brands use a shared app/beacon registry to reach consumers and thus not even necessarily NEED their own app, they’re also releasing tools for developers. This move also suggests that the biggest competitor to […]

Samsung Makes Its Move: Beacons for Android, No App Required

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Samsung will launch the┬áSamsung Placedge Platform at their developer’s conference tomorrow, and with it will cut out the need for a brand to have its own app to detect beacons. Instead, Samsung will provide a sort of uber-application that sits at the device layer, detecting a shared registry of beacons and pushing messages via a […]

A Sad Day for Beacons: MacBeacon and Yosemite

MacBeacon

Maybe we were the only ones. But in the early days after Apple announced iBeacon and support for BLE we did a lot of running around. Did anyone else find themselves developing apps with Esimote, say, and then running around the office to test whether an app and its response to beacons? We had all […]

Beacons Make Brands Smarter (And Consumers Win)

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Beacons make brands powerful. But the power comes at a price: because unlike passive detection technologies, beacons emit a signal. And that signal is both a godsend for brands and the source of their greatest terror: that a consumer will delete their app, that they’ll cross the line from contextual to creepy. Beacons can make […]

Apple Launches an iBeacon [and they call it a watch]

Apple Watch as iBeacon

The speculation was correct. Apple launched its own iBeacon. But it didn’t come in the form you might have been expecting. Instead, you’ll strap it to your wrist and in so doing, the power of beacons to help make sense of the world around us will have a very personal, tactile and physical connection – […]