Bluetooth Beacons: Love, Intimacy and Seduction on the Internet of Things

Bluetooth LE and iBeacon technology opens up a new level of intimacy with your user. The seemingly subtle difference between location¬†and proximity¬†hides a more profound idea: that we can now move past where someone is and begin to craft experiences based on how close they are to something. Proximity technology is to location as watching […]

Turn Your Mac Into a Beacon? YES, You Can!

You can turn your Macintosh computer into a fully configurable Bluetooth LE beacon. With Radius Networks at it again, life just got a lot more pain-free for the rest of us with the launch of their MacBeacon app. A few short weeks ago we were running around town looking for a Bluetooth LE dongle on […]

GeLo Bluetooth Beacons and CMS: An Inside Look

GeLo aims to make more than just solid, dependable, all-weather, indoor/outdoor (“and yes they’ll survive the Canadian winter”) Bluetooth beacons. They’re looking to build an integrated platform including hardware, SDKs for mobile app developers and a Content Management System. We got our hands on some GeLo beacons a few days ago and we’ve been impressed […]

Estimote Launches Revised Virtual Beacon with Radar

Bluetooth beacon-maker Estimote has received approval from Apple for its latest version of a ‘virtual beacon’ and has added mapping and compatibility with physical beacons. Wow, that’s a lot of beacons in one sentence! But the news will come as a relief to tinkerers who were having trouble getting their previous virtual beacon to, well, […]

Android SDK for Bluetooth Beacons: Stick-N-Find

StickNFind launched an Android SDK for their Bluetooth beacons, helping to extend the nearly 1,000 downloads of their iOS SKD to the world of the ‘droid. While the tiny little Bluetooth LE devices are primarily positioned as suiting “finding” use cases (as their name would imply) there’s nothing to say they couldn’t also be used […]

GeLo Webinar: Bluetooth Beacons with Content Management System

GeLo, which integrates Bluetooth LE beacons with a content management system, will be holding a Webinar tomorrow, November 14th at 9:00 am PST, hosted by the Bluetooth developer portal. (If you can’t make it, they’ll archive the Webinar following the broadcast. Also see Brock’s summary of the Webinar). The intro will be worth it to […]

Getting Started with Estimote (2) : Finding Beacons, Range and Precision

Differentiating between range and precision is one of the challenges of understanding how to build effective use cases with iBeacon, Estimote beacons and other other types of Bluetooth LE devices. I had an interesting back-and-forth with someone on Twitter last night asking about the range of beacons. The conversation reminded me of my own confusion […]

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

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 […]