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 chatting with someone the other night and told them that if beacons were a sport, they would surely be football. Here’s why:
- There’s a seductive quality to the game which matches the ability of beacons to deliver multiple messages at different distances. There’s the long set-ups, push messages…and then there’s the interaction that happens at closer contact
- The game is both precise and loose – mirroring a beacon’s ability to deliver precisely targeted messages based on proximity, while not being precise enough to do true wayfinding.
- There can be signal interference.
- When done right, there can be moments of elegance and discovery, even art. When done poorly, it’s like having a push message bite your shoulder.
If iBeacon and BLE is the football of technology then….
- Hockey is NFC – all contact
- American football is geofencing – it’s all about the zones
Oh, and Objective-C is like cricket: the rules are obscure, it takes you forever to figure out, and it can take all day to know whether you’ve been playing with the right class.
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iBeacons….the beautiful game? And where does that leave baseball? Is bowling the Blackberry of technology – fun for an office party but poorly marketed?