iBeacon PhoneGap and Sencha Touch

Konrad Dzwinel of Making Waves has put together a proof of concept using Estimote beacons, PhoneGap and Sencha Touch. He even posted the code on GitHub so we could take a look – a fast little prototype, maybe, but there are some handy code snippets you can take a look at. Now, I’d love it […]

The Future of iBeacons: 5 Companies to Watch

If you want to see the future of iBeacons, don’t just look to retailers for the answer. Apple’s launch of iBeacons finally gives us a wireless tech that works across platforms and addresses the limitations of NFC and GPS. But the early focus seems to be on retail, with Business Week proclaiming that iBeacon is […]

Nike to Android: Get Running with Bluetooth LE

In a swipe at Android device makers, Nike claims that a lack of consistent Bluetooth LE support is holding back app support for its FuelBand line of products. Pocket-lint reports: “In a candid chat with the VP… he expressed the usual frustrations many developer claim to have; that there are too many variations of Android […]

Apple iBeacons: 5 Common Myths

Its been called an NFC killer. Or Apple’s secret retail weapon. But myths have been launched along with the Apple’s iBeacon API, with Apple not exactly pounding the pavements to explain itself. At its simplest level, Bluetooth LE is a wireless low-energy protocol for data transmission. It was designed to be simple and to be […]

Internet of Things: This Week’s Top Posts

There’s something new on the Internet of Things every week – from Bluetooth LE wrist bands for kids, to shareable bike locks that you run on your phone, to sprinklers that know the weather. But the news of the week was Android. And with Radius Networks seemingly leading the charge, we’re seeing strong evidence that […]

Estimote: Stumbling or Thriving with Success?

Estimote has a winner. But is it leaving its customers behind? Estimote produces one of the first commercially available Bluetooth LE devices that will take full advantage of Apple’s iBeacon framework (and its rapid adoption by Android developers). But it doesn’t just have a winner: it has an OMG WTF are we supposed to do […]

Bluetooth LE and the Internet of…Bike Locks

Bluetooth LE powers beacons, thermostats and garden sprinklers. Next up? Using it to replace keys and combinations on your bike lock. The lock, being promoted on Kickstarter, is over halfway to its funding goal. And while I have reservations about Kickstarter in general, the Bitlock project is, if nothing else, a reminder of how many […]

Your Child is the Beacon: How Bluetooth LE Will Keep Kids Safe

Bluetooth LE powers your child’s wrist watch in a new wearable that’s setting out to make your kids safer. Advertised as the “Guardian Angel for your child”, they’re low cost, low energy devices that can make herding kids a heck of a lot easier than herding cats – or at least helps you track when […]

iBeacon for Android: Radius App Helps You Discover and Test Beacons

With its support for Bluetooth LE and its iBeacon API in iOS7, all eyes were on Apple and its so-called NFC-killer. But Radius Networks is making sure that Android isn’t far behind, recently launching a Locate app that’s now available on Google Play. The app is a great supplement to a series of toolkits and […]