Giving yet another reason to jump on a plane to Europe, Glimworm is holding a Bluetooth LE hackathon in Amsterdam with some interesting challenges for local developers.
But why do we have to be left on the sidelines for the party? Jump into the comments below and toss your own ideas into the mix or message me on Twitter and I’ll share them with the Glimworm team.
iBeacon and Bluetooth LE Tips and Resources
In the meantime, their pre-hackathon blog post has some handy pointers for those of you new to playing with Bluetooth LE beacons and has some inspiring use cases and challenges to get your creative juices flowing.
The Glimworm team points to Two Canoes amazing Geohopper suite of apps for one of its challenges.
It involves creating an app that accomplishes 10 things, including:
- Changing your iChat Status to “Out” when stepping away from a beacon
- Remotely snapping a webcam photo and emailing it to yourself
- Turning on a light when you arrive in the beacon zone
- Make a dramatic entrance and play “Eye of the Tiger” when you come in range of a beacon
I was flattered that the team picked up on some of our UX examples from a recent post and have added a few of them to their list of challenges. In particular, I love this one:
In challenge 3 I would like to see the concept as using iBeacons as pins either in a scavenger hunt game or even better as a sort of beacon led chat room
So what would you create if you could jump on a plane to Amsterdam?
What would your use case be for a scavenger hunt? What kinds of environments would be the perfect location for a beacon-led chat room? What kinds of real world “triggers” could a beacon help perform (opening doors, closing blinds, turning the TV on?)
Maybe we can’t be there with them, but we can toss over some ideas of our own!