What’s Inside an Estimote?

Inside an Estimote

What’s inside an Estimote beacon? Not much – and that’s one of the amazing things about Bluetooth LE. Whether you’re using a tiny dongle that you plug into the USB port on your laptop or you have one of the little turtles from Estimote the largest thing they usually hide is a battery. Of course, […]

Apple and Bluetooth Beacons: The Future Has Landed

The Mothership Has Arrived

Apple will deploy iBeacons in its stores, using the Bluetooth low-energy devices to activate content on your phone. But the deployment isn’t just a case of Apple eating its own, um, apple sauce – it might also be the launch pad for Apple to take over the retail world outside its shiny glass and marble […]

Estimote Quick Tip: Edit Major/Minor and Other Device Properties

Estimote Editor

A short and incredibly sweet tip if you recently got your hands on a set of Estimote Bluetooth LE beacons: run, don’t walk and grab yourself a copy of the Estimote Editor. It’s a sweet little piece of code that lets you quickly change the settings on the physical beacon (e.g. major/minor and other values). […]

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 […]