iBeacon Alternative: Arduino Beacons and Evothings HTML Studio

Arduino Beacon BLE

Want to create your own beacon? Grab an Arduino and check out the Evothings road map to make it happen. The company demonstrates how to use their Evothings Studio to deliver interactions based on HTML and Javascript to to the end user, whether for iOS or Android. Using a relaxation/exercise example, the company notes that […]

iBeacon in the Enterprise

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iBeacon will play a role in the office of the future. The role of mobile in the enterprise has undergone a sea change in the past year or two. With companies increasingly abandoning hope that they can prevent the “bring your own device” (BYOD) tidal wave, employees are demanding consumer-level quality in enterprise app experiences. […]

iBeacon Update: Success Factors and Myths

iBeacon Presentation

Beacons will change the way our phones respond to proximity – a paradigm change from location-based interactions. It will move us from coupons being delivered in a store aisle to an understanding that everything can be a beacon – from a moving car to another person, from the front door of a store to the […]

Hacking iBeacon

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The simplicity of iBeacon hides a deeper challenge: thinking about mobile application development in a way that relates a user experience to the physical world. They’ve discovered, I’m sure, that the simplicity of Bluetooth LE hides confounding challenges, about which we’ve written previously.  A beacon doesn’t seem to do much, after all, other than advertise […]

Estimote’s Explosive Growth: 10,000 iBeacon Developers

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Global Success Points to a Year of Bluetooth LE Estimote has over 10,000 developers worldwide working with its Bluetooth LE-capable beacons. For a technology that’s barely a few months old, the number represents a stunning level of traction. The news comes by way of Steve Cheney who recently joined Estimote as head of business operations […]

iBeacon: My Love is Like Chocolate for the Internet of Things

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Bluetooth LE is just the start of a new world in which our devices can finally “see”. While companies like Estimote are already hybrid devices – combining an accelerometer and temperature detector to enable some fascinating uses (your shop door opens and it triggers a welcome message on a device, say), a whole range of […]

Inside Gimbal: Qualcomm Beacons Tackle Bluetooth LE Challenges

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Qualcomm has done a lot right with its new Bluetooth LE beacons. Its devices are low-cost and it offers a full SDK for iOS proximity services, and geofencing support for Android devices. Gimbal Pricing Qualcomm is taking a low-cost strategy for the beacons themselves – pricing them as low as $5 for their Series 10 […]

Qualcomm Gimbal: New Beacons Set the Bar for Bluetooth LE

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The world of beacons just got a lot more interesting with the launch of Gimbal beacons by Qualcomm. Not only are the beacons cheap but they come with a robust back-end system, software developer kit, and all the weight of the Qualcomm brand. While start-ups like Estimote have grabbed most of the headlines in the […]

Hybrid Bluetooth LE: The Next Generation of iBeacon Is Already Here

AirFy is More Than a Beacon

The next generation of Bluetooth LE devices will let you know when the front door is opened, whether your bacon is crisp enough for you, and let you tap into free WiFi to overcome limits to 3G/4G bandwidth in a store. For all the talk about beacons, the true power of a connected world comes […]