Kids, iBeacons and the Internet of Things

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

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 […]

Internet of Things Monday Brief: Build, Feel

Screens are old school. Even the screen on your smart phone, which might be driving you to distraction, is a trivial toy when compared to the coming flood of hardware…10 connected devices or sensors for every person on the planet. It’s a hardware renaissance. A hardware revolution: “If the hardware revolution as a whole were […]

Internet of Things: Saving Us From Distraction

The Internet of Things will bring us back to reality. Instead of isolation and disconnection, we’ll be connected again, we’ll be more physical, more tactile. Without it, smart phones and mobile devices may just kill us and destroy public life. Urban theorist Malcolm McCullough says we can’t stop our love affair with our devices. But […]

iBeacons, Mobile Marketing and the Meaning of Place

Geotargeted display advertising will quadruple in the coming years and is driving click-through rates for mobile marketing. But does an era of iBeacons mean we need a new definition of ‘place’? A new report by eMarketer pinpoints location data as a key driver to mobile display performance: As mobile budgets swell, brands are eager to […]

The Future of iBeacons: 5 Companies to Watch

If you want to see the future of iBeacons, don’t just look to retailers for the answer. Apple’s launch of iBeacons finally gives us a wireless tech that works across platforms and addresses the limitations of NFC and GPS. But the early focus seems to be on retail, with Business Week proclaiming that iBeacon is […]

Lamps That Talk on the Internet of Things

Your phone is a clumsy interface to the Internet of Things: it takes too many hands and eyes and touching and swiping to get it to do the simplest of things. Instead, look to calm computing for hints at where an aware and connected world is taking us and think about the lamp post at […]

Nike to Android: Get Running with Bluetooth LE

In a swipe at Android device makers, Nike claims that a lack of consistent Bluetooth LE support is holding back app support for its FuelBand line of products. Pocket-lint reports: “In a candid chat with the VP… he expressed the usual frustrations many developer claim to have; that there are too many variations of Android […]

Apple iBeacons: 5 Common Myths

Its been called an NFC killer. Or Apple’s secret retail weapon. But myths have been launched along with the Apple’s iBeacon API, with Apple not exactly pounding the pavements to explain itself. At its simplest level, Bluetooth LE is a wireless low-energy protocol for data transmission. It was designed to be simple and to be […]