White House Test Bed for the Internet of Things

White House Envisions a "Fabric" 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

Patent Image Via Patently Apple

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

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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

Apple Watch? Not.

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 […]

Kids, iBeacons and the Internet of Things

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It isn’t just shoppers or visitors to museums who will benefit from iBeacon technology: kids are an obvious next frontier for content that’s enabled by a world of connected devices. The latest report by Common Sense Media outlines the stunning growth in access to smart devices amongst kids. Compared to 2011, five times as many […]

iBeacon Made Easy: Radius Launches Proximity Kit

Proximity Kit by Radius Makes iBeacons Easy

The crew at Radius Networks have been a busy bunch. On top of their API library for Android devices and Bluetooth LE beacons, they’ve now added Proximity Kit, an API for iOS that makes geofencing and beacon management a snap. The concept is simple enough: if you’re currently creating an iOS app that scans for […]

iBeacon PhoneGap and Sencha Touch

Konrad Dzwinel of Making Waves has put together a proof of concept using Estimote beacons, PhoneGap and Sencha Touch. He even posted the code on GitHub so we could take a look – a fast little prototype, maybe, but there are some handy code snippets you can take a look at. Now, I’d love it […]