Coachella the iBeacon Way: How Bluetooth LE Will Change Events

iBeacon Festivals

Guest Column by Tim Groot We have already seen many diverse user cases for beacons ranging from a digital minefield in New York to a tulip theme park in The Netherlands. And as of this week we can add Coachella 2014 to that list. Two points can be found in the what’s new section of […]

iBeacon Rule Britannia

iBeacon UK

If you want to get a sense of the future of iBeacons and the Internet of Things you can’t go wrong if you start in the UK. With a vibrant start-up scene, a truly mobile-first culture, and large companies that are innovating like scrappy upstarts the country will continue to be one of the world’s […]

Time Magazine Coverage of iBeacon

iBeacon Coverage in Time Magazine

  Time Magazine believes beacons might just give retailers the same kind of insights that online merchants get. In an article in the current issue of the magazine, Harry McCracken  writes that: By melding your physical position with facts they’ve already collected about you from rewards programs, brick-and-mortar businesses can finally get the potentially profitable […]

FlyBeacon: Travel Smart with iBeacon

Flybeacon Prototype Screen

iBeacon technology will follow you everywhere – from the store to the airport lounge and into your luggage. We envision a future for iBeacon in which it isn’t just the big chains that drive a new vision for the smart hotel, but also the big disrupters like Airbnb. Now, a scrappy team at MashHacks, sponsored […]

Sonic Notify: Hoops Jones, Beacon Adventurer

Full Range of Bluetooth LE Beacons

Sonic Notify has been rocking its beacon technology lately, helping drive an Indiana Jones adventure and seat upgrades for the Golden State Warriors. Its beacons can include both audio and Bluetooth LE signals (thus letting them communicate with a wider range of Android and other phones). Beacons And The Temple of Doom The New York-based […]

World’s First iBeacon Documentary: Wayfinding for the Digital Age

Door Into the Dark | Image: ANAGRAM

The world’s first documentary developed and experienced around iBeacon technology asks a profound question: in an age of connected devices, Google maps and a fully catalogued human genome, what’s left to explore? When it’s becoming impossible to get lost, what value are we losing from the experience of wandering into uncharted territory? Anagram’s Door in […]

Airbnb iBeacon? The Future of the Smart Hotel

iBeacon Hotels

Just like retailers imagine they can reinvigorate retail through beacons, so do hotels. But while they seek to reinvent their industries, they also need to keep an eye out for newcomers and imagine how upstarts like Uber or Airbnb might reimagine the end-to-end experience of place. The Smart Hotel Tim Groot imagines traditional hotels in […]

Prisoner’s Dilemma: iOS 7.1 Challenges iBeacon Developers

ibeacon-dilemma

Apple has made iBeacon better with the release of iOS 7.1. But the changes in the consumer opt-in experience will will create new tensions in experience design that will challenge the entire market. The improvements are game changers: not only will your app now ‘range’ for beacons even if it’s closed, but there are other […]

Apple iBeacon Certified Products Hit the Market

ibeacon-certification

Estimote And Other Devices Now Carry the iBeacon Logo Estimote beacons are now iBeacons. Gimbal beacons have been for a while. Companies like Appflare are also carrying the iBeacon logo. Apple is now allowing device makers to affix the iBeacon brand to their Bleutooth LE enabled beacons. Qualcomm offers the following footnote (which may be […]

Apple iOS 7.1 Launches Major iBeacon Improvement

Apple iOS 7.1 and iBeacon

iBeacon Now Works When the App Is Closed Apple launched iOS 7.1 today and with it a major, game-changing improvement to iBeacon. As of today, once an app is installed it will “look” for beacons even if your app is shut down or you’ve rebooted your phone. We tested the functionality today to verify the […]