iBeacon for Android Devices: API Library by Radius

With all the hype around iBeacon/Bluetooth LE support on Apple’s OS devices, there’s a lot less talk about how Android supports the same technology. They might have some catching up to do, but Radius Networks is doing its part to help us along. It offers both an Android-centric hardware kit you can hack around with […]

Using iBeacons to Disable Apps and Phone Features

iBeacon Endpoint Protector MDM

Sometimes it isn’t what an iBeacon will let your phone DO, it’s what it will PREVENT your phone from doing. In a use case I’d never frankly thought about, Endpoint Protector proposes a promising line of thinking: having iBeacons trigger phones to disable features or lock off usage of certain apps. For the corporate-minded security […]

iBeacons: Why Form Factors Matter

Estimote beacons: it's turtles all the way down

It’s a brave new world of beacons, a place in which the world will be talking to your phone rather than the other way around. And as you get used to the idea that a lamp post or a store shelf or the equipment at the local gym is sending silent pings to your mobile […]

Estimote Inks Deal with aisle411

Estimote beacons for retail

In a deal that will help to accelerate Estimote‘s place in the emerging ‘beacon’ market, aisle411 announced that they will partner with the company to turbo-charge their in-mall mapping platform. The press release gushes that: “The technology offerings from aisle411 and Estimote together fully-digitize retail shopping environments, combining aisle411’s mobile indoor maps and searchable inventory […]

iBeacon for Raspberry Pi Offered by Radius Networks

Radius iBeacon with Pi!

Radius Networks, which provides proximity marketing and other services to businesses, is making a Bluetooth LE developer kit available built on the Raspberry Pi computing platform. The announcement falls on the heels of others who are making kits available for developers (including COIN’s Arduino-based kit) who either don’t want to stand in line for commercially-available […]

Arduino-Based Bluetooth LE Development Kit With iBeacons Potential

Arduino Mini Pro and BLE board

San Francisco start-up COIN recently announced the launch of a Bluetooth LE Arduino developer kit for all you geeks out there who would prefer to hack your own hardware than get in line for Estimote or other beacons. While not yet launched, the kits will start shipping in December. The goal of the kits is […]