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 […]

Apple iBeacon Trademark Shows Future of Mobile Payments

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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 […]

Apple Bluetooth LE Patent and the Smart Watch Whale

Apple Watch? Not.

An Apple patent around Bluetooth LE has the tech press frothing (again) over the possibility that it’s a signal of a coming smart watch. Apple Insider reports that the patent “proposes a method by which a device can connect to, and share a network with, a second device via low-power communications, such as Bluetooth. ” […]

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 […]

Disappearing Payments On the Internet of Things

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On the Internet of Things the world is the Web. Sensors do their sensing, objects talk to you (or your phone, or your glasses) and to each other. But if a can of soup can (theoretically) know you’re buying it, then why do mobile payments feel like they’re stuck with a ‘last mile’ problem not […]