Apple Bluetooth LE Patent and the Smart Watch Whale

Apple Watch? Not.

An Apple patent around Bluetooth LE has the tech press frothing (again) over the possibility that it’s a signal of a coming smart watch. Apple Insider reports that the patent “proposes a method by which a device can connect to, and share a network with, a second device via low-power communications, such as Bluetooth. ” […]

Design Thinking and the Internet of Things

The first challenges on the Internet of Things are engineering-based. Getting things to talk to each other, reverse engineering beacon packets and whacking away at code until I can figure out how to water the lawn or adjust the temperature in my living room. But technology alone is not the answer. Just because we can doesn’t […]

The Internet of Things Will Change….The World!!!!

The Internet of Things is about to transform retail, work, industries, life at home, life at school…Pick your industry. Choose the part of your life that will be transformed. And then say, in a deep booming voice… “IN A WORLD…” and fill in the blank with whatever rocks your, um, world. Use the first 16 […]

Kids, iBeacons and the Internet of Things

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It isn’t just shoppers or visitors to museums who will benefit from iBeacon technology: kids are an obvious next frontier for content that’s enabled by a world of connected devices. The latest report by Common Sense Media outlines the stunning growth in access to smart devices amongst kids. Compared to 2011, five times as many […]

iBeacon Made Easy: Radius Launches Proximity Kit

Proximity Kit by Radius Makes iBeacons Easy

The crew at Radius Networks have been a busy bunch. On top of their API library for Android devices and Bluetooth LE beacons, they’ve now added Proximity Kit, an API for iOS that makes geofencing and beacon management a snap. The concept is simple enough: if you’re currently creating an iOS app that scans for […]

iBeacon PhoneGap and Sencha Touch

Konrad Dzwinel of Making Waves has put together a proof of concept using Estimote beacons, PhoneGap and Sencha Touch. He even posted the code on GitHub so we could take a look – a fast little prototype, maybe, but there are some handy code snippets you can take a look at. Now, I’d love it […]

Internet of Things Monday Brief: Build, Feel

Hardware Revolution

Screens are old school. Even the screen on your smart phone, which might be driving you to distraction, is a trivial toy when compared to the coming flood of hardware…10 connected devices or sensors for every person on the planet. It’s a hardware renaissance. A hardware revolution: “If the hardware revolution as a whole were […]

Internet of Things: Saving Us From Distraction

The Tactile Possibilities of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things will bring us back to reality. Instead of isolation and disconnection, we’ll be connected again, we’ll be more physical, more tactile. Without it, smart phones and mobile devices may just kill us and destroy public life. Urban theorist Malcolm McCullough says we can’t stop our love affair with our devices. But […]

iBeacons, Mobile Marketing and the Meaning of Place

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Geotargeted display advertising will quadruple in the coming years and is driving click-through rates for mobile marketing. But does an era of iBeacons mean we need a new definition of ‘place’? A new report by eMarketer pinpoints location data as a key driver to mobile display performance: As mobile budgets swell, brands are eager to […]

The Future of iBeacons: 5 Companies to Watch

iBeacons: The future is coming but from where?

If you want to see the future of iBeacons, don’t just look to retailers for the answer. Apple’s launch of iBeacons finally gives us a wireless tech that works across platforms and addresses the limitations of NFC and GPS. But the early focus seems to be on retail, with Business Week proclaiming that iBeacon is […]