Bluetooth LE: Where Go the Wearables, So Go I

Designing for a world of beacons isn’t about making current transaction-based systems more efficient: it’s about designing experiences that matter to users. I was reminded of this by a summary of design principles for wearable devices by Marcus Weller (emphasis added): “In the coming decade, wearable technology will touch nearly every aspect of our lives. It […]

iBeacon and HTML5: Belly Checks in with Bluetooth LE

Belly, the popular loyalty check-in program for retailers, has been playing around with Bluetooth LE and in a recent blog post outlines how it uses an HTML5 app to call the native iBeacon capabilities on a phone. The advantage? When compared to NFC or their standard check-in process (which uses QR codes), Bluetooth LE check-ins […]

iBeacon Cash: Apple Gets Closer to Being a Bank

Apple continues to edge closer to turning your phone into a wallet and both a patent filing and job announcement demonstrate how its iBeacon technology is a key piece in the mobile payment puzzle. As I’ve written before, Apple has all the components you’d need to turn mobile devices into payment machines: credit cards on […]

Bluetooth LE: In a World of Connected Devices, My Home Is The World

The Internet of Things isn’t new. For a while now we’ve had tags in clothing and sensors that can detect the flow in a distant pipeline or traffic jams around the corner. But looking towards a consumer-facing IoT, the extent of our dreaming was a fridge that would detect whether we needed to buy milk […]

iBeacon Round-Up: Move (to) Me

We spent the weekend building and playing with beacons. And there’s good news: if you’re developing with Bluetooth LE you’ll get a lot of exercise. Either that, or you’ll build a little pulley system and attach your beacons to it so you can test without leaving your chair. Because the problem with beacons is that […]

iBeacon Tutorial: Dealing with ‘Errors’

iBeacon developers are the Matt Damon of coding: incredibly smart, imaginative people but deep down inside they need someone to hug them and tell them “It’s not your fault.” If you’ve been playing with Apple’s iBeacon(TM) technology you’ll know what I mean. Maybe you followed the tutorial on DevFright and checked out Cocoanetics once you […]

Pinterest and Facebook Get Bluetooth Beacons? Meet You in the Middle

Is Pinterest on your Bluetooth beacon road map? What about Facebook? Or Google? Apple might be getting all the buzz – seemingly laying claim to the ‘invention’ of Bluetooth LE as an NFC killer. Macy’s might be laying stake to the erroneous idea that it’s the first retailer to put beacons in its stores. (Have […]

iBeacons with Android Support: Inside Sonic Notify

In the world of Bluetooth LE beacons, there’s a race to the top of the stack. Developers scramble to build services on top of beacons, analytics on top of services, and brilliant user experiences and strategy at the top of the pyramid. But while others are scrambling, Sonic Notify is already there. With over 14,000 […]