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 […]

Beacon Bug: Apple Loses iBeacon Ranging….And Drives Developers Mad

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A new bug in the Apple iBeacon stack is driving developers a bit, well, buggy – and leaving them wondering if it’s their code, the beacon or something else that’s causing problems in discovering beacons. The bug causes iPhones to suddenly stop ranging for beacons. Our team in the UK found a similar result this […]

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, […]

FlyBeacon: Travel Smart with iBeacon

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iBeacon technology will follow you everywhere – from the store to the airport lounge and into your luggage. We envision a future for iBeacon in which it isn’t just the big chains that drive a new vision for the smart hotel, but also the big disrupters like Airbnb. Now, a scrappy team at MashHacks, sponsored […]

iBeacon and Events: Lessons from SXSW

The Bridge Between Beacons and Experience

Guest Column by Brian Duggan Much has been written lately about iBeacon technology and how it will revolutionize retail. Now the attention seems to be shifting to its impact on larger public spaces and the events that take place in them. While Apple itself has been the poster child for initial retail applications, the work MLB is doing in the event […]