iBeacon UX and Design: 3 Ways Beacons Will Reconstruct Reality

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Reality is messy. That’s the secret challenge of iBeacon and Bluetooth LE proximity devices. Think about it: we live in an online world where design has gone “flat”, where iOS7 took away all the felt and leather and extrusions so that the interface gave “deference” to content and where Google marches on with an improved […]

The Future of iBeacon: Trends for the Year Ahead | Guest Post

Future of iBeacon

Where will iBeacon go next? What’s the future of proximity technology? We’ve moved far more rapidly than I think even Apple could have expected – shifting from pilots to large scale deployments across multiple industries in a compressed time period. Stefan Wolpers, who’s a stand-out thinker on the technology (and published a compelling overview of […]

iBeacon Wearables (And Outdoor Beacons Too!)

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Bluetooth LE beacons built into sunglasses are getting a lot of press this week. At 9to5Mac they report on an upcoming crowd funding campaign being planned by Tzukuri who have designed a beautiful set of frames with a built in beacon – misplace your sunglasses and an app on your phone will notify you that you’re […]

iBeacon Sees the Light: Powering a New Generation of Bluetooth LE

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Next Generation of Devices Use Energy Harvesting Balancing the user experience with maintaining battery power on an iBeacon or Bluetooth LE device is a key development challenge. Set your advertising or signal power too high and your battery will run out in weeks. Set it too low and your battery could last years – but […]

iBeacon Tutorial from the King of Tutorials

iBeacon Tutorial Haz Cats

  An in-depth iBeacon tutorial has been posted at the textbook site for XCode and iOS development: Ray Wenderlich. Other tutorials may be, shall we say, more modern looking. Appcoda amd DevFright both provide neat, clean overviews of how to code an app to work with the Apple iBeacon framework. But there’s something about tutorials […]

Apple iBeacon Specification: Why Power Matters

iBeacon Specifications and Power Supply

Apple is a control freak. Which might come as a surprise to manufacturers of iBeacon devices, who have so far been required only to self-certify their compliance with the Apple iBeacon specification. But device makers who rely on batteries instead of a plugged in power source are making trade-offs that may put them in conflict […]

iBeacon UX Design Approach: Visible or Invisible?

Proximity-based experiences challenge mobile designers to think of the user experience in new ways. iBeacon and Bluetooth LE powered beacons might be a simple technology – after all, the only thing they really do is broadcast a small radio signal. But that signal allows an app to, well, do stuff based not on a user’s location, […]

iBeacon Update: Success Factors and Myths

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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 […]

Coachella the iBeacon Way: How Bluetooth LE Will Change Events

iBeacon Festivals

Guest Column by Tim Groot We have already seen many diverse user cases for beacons ranging from a digital minefield in New York to a tulip theme park in The Netherlands. And as of this week we can add Coachella 2014 to that list. Two points can be found in the what’s new section of […]

iBeacon Rule Britannia

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If you want to get a sense of the future of iBeacons and the Internet of Things you can’t go wrong if you start in the UK. With a vibrant start-up scene, a truly mobile-first culture, and large companies that are innovating like scrappy upstarts the country will continue to be one of the world’s […]