iBeacon Cash: Apple Gets Closer to Being a Bank

Apple continues to edge closer to turning your phone into a wallet and both a patent filing and job announcement demonstrate how its iBeacon technology is a key piece in the mobile payment puzzle. As I’ve written before, Apple has all the components you’d need to turn mobile devices into payment machines: credit cards on […]

iBeacon and Bluetooth LE: An Introduction

Bluetooth beacons are a big deal. Whether you hear the term iBeacon or Bluetooth LE, the standard that will underpin a new generation of devices is turning the physical world into the new digital channel. I’d argue that for the first time we see a true merging of the physical and digital: there is no […]

Bluetooth LE: In a World of Connected Devices, My Home Is The World

The Internet of Things isn’t new. For a while now we’ve had tags in clothing and sensors that can detect the flow in a distant pipeline or traffic jams around the corner. But looking towards a consumer-facing IoT, the extent of our dreaming was a fridge that would detect whether we needed to buy milk […]

iBeacon Round-Up: Move (to) Me

We spent the weekend building and playing with beacons. And there’s good news: if you’re developing with Bluetooth LE you’ll get a lot of exercise. Either that, or you’ll build a little pulley system and attach your beacons to it so you can test without leaving your chair. Because the problem with beacons is that […]

iBeacon Tutorial: Dealing with ‘Errors’

iBeacon developers are the Matt Damon of coding: incredibly smart, imaginative people but deep down inside they need someone to hug them and tell them “It’s not your fault.” If you’ve been playing with Apple’s iBeacon(TM) technology you’ll know what I mean. Maybe you followed the tutorial on DevFright and checked out Cocoanetics once you […]

Pinterest and Facebook Get Bluetooth Beacons? Meet You in the Middle

Is Pinterest on your Bluetooth beacon road map? What about Facebook? Or Google? Apple might be getting all the buzz – seemingly laying claim to the ‘invention’ of Bluetooth LE as an NFC killer. Macy’s might be laying stake to the erroneous idea that it’s the first retailer to put beacons in its stores. (Have […]

iBeacons with Android Support: Inside Sonic Notify

In the world of Bluetooth LE beacons, there’s a race to the top of the stack. Developers scramble to build services on top of beacons, analytics on top of services, and brilliant user experiences and strategy at the top of the pyramid. But while others are scrambling, Sonic Notify is already there. With over 14,000 […]

Bluetooth LE Beacons for Retail: Shopkick Pilots with Macy’s

Apple was one of the first big brands to announce it, Frank & Oak quietly told us their plans, while Radius and Sonic Notify were perhaps the true ‘firsts’. But Macy’s is fast out of the gate through its partnership with ShopKick to support Bluetooth LE ‘beacons’ as part of the in-store shopping experience. (The […]

Introduction to iBeacon: Taking Bluetooth LE for a Test Drive

With the Apple launch of iBeacon – the ability to transmit and detect Bluetooth LE signals, we’re still lacking good real-world examples of the technology in action. We’ve been running our own tests, of course, and piloting them as part of our Virtual Citizen project with the Coalition of Youth Councils (about which more in […]