iBeacon: Apple’s Secret Retail Weapon

Steve Job's Dream: The Entire World Is An Apple Device

With all eyes on Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s new chief of retail (for both offline and online channels), Bloomberg Business Week thinks that iBeacon technology won’t be far from her mind when she assumes the new role in Cupertino. According to Business Week, iBeacons are retail’s new secret weapon. But they wonder why it also seems […]

iBeacons: Why Form Factors Matter

Estimote beacons: it's turtles all the way down

It’s a brave new world of beacons, a place in which the world will be talking to your phone rather than the other way around. And as you get used to the idea that a lamp post or a store shelf or the equipment at the local gym is sending silent pings to your mobile […]

Estimote Inks Deal with aisle411

Estimote beacons for retail

In a deal that will help to accelerate Estimote‘s place in the emerging ‘beacon’ market, aisle411 announced that they will partner with the company to turbo-charge their in-mall mapping platform. The press release gushes that: “The technology offerings from aisle411 and Estimote together fully-digitize retail shopping environments, combining aisle411’s mobile indoor maps and searchable inventory […]

iBeacon Tutorial for iOS 7 by DevFright

Can You Spot the iBeacon Hype?

While developers have time to play with the code ahead of the public launch of new versions of Apple software, there’s usually still a delay before we have a good set of tutorials on new features of Apple iOS. When it comes to the iBeacon framework, the delay is exacerbated in part by it being […]

iBeacon for Raspberry Pi Offered by Radius Networks

Radius iBeacon with Pi!

Radius Networks, which provides proximity marketing and other services to businesses, is making a Bluetooth LE developer kit available built on the Raspberry Pi computing platform. The announcement falls on the heels of others who are making kits available for developers (including COIN’s Arduino-based kit) who either don’t want to stand in line for commercially-available […]

Disappearing Payments On the Internet of Things

UberReciept

On the Internet of Things the world is the Web. Sensors do their sensing, objects talk to you (or your phone, or your glasses) and to each other. But if a can of soup can (theoretically) know you’re buying it, then why do mobile payments feel like they’re stuck with a ‘last mile’ problem not […]

Arduino-Based Bluetooth LE Development Kit With iBeacons Potential

Arduino Mini Pro and BLE board

San Francisco start-up COIN recently announced the launch of a Bluetooth LE Arduino developer kit for all you geeks out there who would prefer to hack your own hardware than get in line for Estimote or other beacons. While not yet launched, the kits will start shipping in December. The goal of the kits is […]