iBeacons: Can My iOS App Find Beacons That Aren’t Mine?

Update (October 22, 2013): Radius Networks has taken this question further, and answers with a resounding “NO”, iOS will NOT let you find beacons that aren’t your own. Their conclusion? There doesn’t seem to be any hack to look for an arbitrary iBeacon on iOS — you have to know at least the ProximityUUID to […]

Water Your Lawn? There’s an App for That

Greebox iPad Mockup

Israeli start-up Greenbox is connecting your lawn to the Internet of Things, aiming to be Nest for your backyard. With a similar website to Nest, they hit all the usual buttons: easy-to-use, firmware updates, cross-platform, water-conserving devices with a simple user interface you can access from your phone or computer. As TechCrunch reports, the Greenbox […]

A Bill of Rights for the Internet of Things

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Law might be enough. Standards might be fine. But we can arrive at a shared language of intent if we take some time to think about a Bill of Rights for the Internet of Things. Now, there’s no distinct bill of rights for the Web. Instead, we have a loose coalition of laws and regulations, […]

iBeacons, Apple and Android: Is Google Hijacking Your Bluetooth LE?

Android Hijacks Your iBeacon?

Update (October 22, 2013): As noted in the comments below, Radius Networks has taken this question further, and answers with a, well, qualified “NO”, iOS will NOT let you find beacons that aren’t your own. Their conclusion? There doesn’t seem to be any hack to look for an arbitrary iBeacon on iOS — you have […]

iBeacon for Android Devices: API Library by Radius

With all the hype around iBeacon/Bluetooth LE support on Apple’s OS devices, there’s a lot less talk about how Android supports the same technology. They might have some catching up to do, but Radius Networks is doing its part to help us along. It offers both an Android-centric hardware kit you can hack around with […]

Virtual Worlds and the Internet of Things

Context Aware GPS

We’re wiring the world and connecting it to the Net on our way to an Internet of Things (IoT) – or, if you prefer: the Internet of Everything. It’s an industry that will top $1.2 trillion in global revenue by 2020. It’s a world with sensors and transmitters, chips and devices, signals and relays, all […]

Using iBeacons to Disable Apps and Phone Features

iBeacon Endpoint Protector MDM

Sometimes it isn’t what an iBeacon will let your phone DO, it’s what it will PREVENT your phone from doing. In a use case I’d never frankly thought about, Endpoint Protector proposes a promising line of thinking: having iBeacons trigger phones to disable features or lock off usage of certain apps. For the corporate-minded security […]

iBeacon: Apple’s Secret Retail Weapon

Steve Job's Dream: The Entire World Is An Apple Device

With all eyes on Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s new chief of retail (for both offline and online channels), Bloomberg Business Week thinks that iBeacon technology won’t be far from her mind when she assumes the new role in Cupertino. According to Business Week, iBeacons are retail’s new secret weapon. But they wonder why it also seems […]

iBeacons: Why Form Factors Matter

Estimote beacons: it's turtles all the way down

It’s a brave new world of beacons, a place in which the world will be talking to your phone rather than the other way around. And as you get used to the idea that a lamp post or a store shelf or the equipment at the local gym is sending silent pings to your mobile […]

Estimote Inks Deal with aisle411

Estimote beacons for retail

In a deal that will help to accelerate Estimote‘s place in the emerging ‘beacon’ market, aisle411 announced that they will partner with the company to turbo-charge their in-mall mapping platform. The press release gushes that: “The technology offerings from aisle411 and Estimote together fully-digitize retail shopping environments, combining aisle411’s mobile indoor maps and searchable inventory […]