Building an iBeacon iOS App: 5 Key Decisions

Proximity Kit Makes Regions and Beacons Easy

At first glance, building an iOS app using Apple’s iBeacon API seems fairly straightforward. The API only consists of a few classes and methods and a ‘beacon’ isn’t actually a terribly complicated thing: in most cases (unless it’s paired with other technology) it simply transmits a small packet of data and lets your app do […]

Bluetooth Beacons: Love, Intimacy and Seduction on the Internet of Things

Love Your Beacon

Bluetooth LE and iBeacon technology opens up a new level of intimacy with your user. The seemingly subtle difference between location¬†and proximity¬†hides a more profound idea: that we can now move past where someone is and begin to craft experiences based on how close they are to something. Proximity technology is to location as watching […]

Turn Your Mac Into a Beacon? YES, You Can!

Radius MacBeacon

You can turn your Macintosh computer into a fully configurable Bluetooth LE beacon. With Radius Networks at it again, life just got a lot more pain-free for the rest of us with the launch of their MacBeacon app. A few short weeks ago we were running around town looking for a Bluetooth LE dongle on […]

GeLo Bluetooth Beacons and CMS: An Inside Look

GeLo aims to make more than just solid, dependable, all-weather, indoor/outdoor (“and yes they’ll survive the Canadian winter”) Bluetooth beacons. They’re looking to build an integrated platform including hardware, SDKs for mobile app developers and a Content Management System. We got our hands on some GeLo beacons a few days ago and we’ve been impressed […]

Estimote Launches Revised Virtual Beacon with Radar

Estimote Virtual Beacon

Bluetooth beacon-maker Estimote has received approval from Apple for its latest version of a ‘virtual beacon’ and has added mapping and compatibility with physical beacons. Wow, that’s a lot of beacons in one sentence! But the news will come as a relief to tinkerers who were having trouble getting their previous virtual beacon to, well, […]

Bluetooth Beacon Question: Which Way Is North?

OK, someone help! How do you know whether a Bluetooth beacon is to the north or south of your phone? Ask me to describe the influence of technology on urban culture and I can riff all day. But ask me to figure out something that sounds even vaguely like a grade 8 math problem and […]

Android SDK for Bluetooth Beacons: Stick-N-Find

StickNFind Bluetooth Beacon Has Android SDK

StickNFind launched an Android SDK for their Bluetooth beacons, helping to extend the nearly 1,000 downloads of their iOS SKD to the world of the ‘droid. While the tiny little Bluetooth LE devices are primarily positioned as suiting “finding” use cases (as their name would imply) there’s nothing to say they couldn’t also be used […]

GeLo Webinar: Bluetooth Beacons with Content Management System

GeLo Bluetooth Beacons

GeLo, which integrates Bluetooth LE beacons with a content management system, will be holding a Webinar tomorrow, November 14th at 9:00 am PST, hosted by the Bluetooth developer portal. (If you can’t make it, they’ll archive the Webinar following the broadcast. Also see Brock’s summary of the Webinar). The intro will be worth it to […]

Getting Started with Estimote (2) : Finding Beacons, Range and Precision

Differentiating between range and precision is one of the challenges of understanding how to build effective use cases with iBeacon, Estimote beacons and other other types of Bluetooth LE devices. I had an interesting back-and-forth with someone on Twitter last night asking about the range of beacons. The conversation reminded me of my own confusion […]