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 Hackathon UK: Guest Column

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An iBeacon hackathon this past weekend put London at the center of innovation thanks to BeMyApp and the event sponsors and partners. (We were thrilled to be a media partner!) Tim Groot, an innovator on the ‘beacon scene’ in the UK and member of the Nodes team, files this report. By Tim Groot The iBeacon […]

Radius Networks Collects iBeacon Technology

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Radius Networks is collecting the locations of beacons. They’re also collecting companies, announcing the purchase this week of 4DK, a provider of mobile messaging services. On the acquisition front, the purchase is intended to expand the toolkit of services that Radius provides developers, retailers and others on the hunt for proximity services. The 4DK analytics […]

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 […]

Beacon Hackathon: UK Edition

iBeacon Hackathon UK

A Hackathon will be held this weekend (April 25-27th) in the UK with presentations by beacon providers on Friday evening, and two days of coding and judging on Saturday and Sunday. The event, being hosted by BeMyApp, follows on the success of the company’s San Francisco edition. You don’t need to be a coder to […]

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 […]