Android SDK for Bluetooth Beacons: Stick-N-Find

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, 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 […]

White House Test Bed for the Internet of Things

While Beijing plans to spend 5 billion yuan on the Internet of Things by 2015, the White House is getting in on the act by inviting applications to an IoT “test bed” – while asking developers to foot the bill. It’s a start, I suppose. The test bed communities will go live April 2014 and will […]

Responsive Design for the Internet of Things

We need a responsive design framework for the Internet of Things: a set of procedures, approaches and best practices that guide the design of the user experience in a way that’s responsive to the “real” instead of the screen. I’ve been calling this approach Responsive-R (for reality). Responsive-R is an acknowledgement that there’s a major […]

Apple iBeacon Trademark Shows Future of Mobile Payments

The trademark application for iBeacon by Apple won’t help clarify what we’re supposed to call, well, ‘beacons’, but it does hint at how their deployment of Bluetooth LE technology could underpin mobile payments, e-wallets, loyalty programs and (yes) trade shows. In their trademark application, the filing under International Class 036 specifically covers “Financial services; bill […]

Getting Started with Estimote: 5 Things You Might Not Know

Estimote-start

Our Estimotes arrived. The courier seemed to think the fact they came from Poland was such a big deal he mentioned it three times. But for us, the big deal of course was the beacons themselves – we felt like we’d won the lottery, what with Estimote struggling a bit to catch up with the […]

Apple Bluetooth LE Patent and the Smart Watch Whale

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 […]