Estimote Quick Tip: Edit Major/Minor and Other Device Properties

A short and incredibly sweet tip if you recently got your hands on a set of Estimote Bluetooth LE beacons: run, don’t walk and grab yourself a copy of the Estimote Editor. It’s a sweet little piece of code that lets you quickly change the settings on the physical beacon (e.g. major/minor and other values). […]

Building an iBeacon iOS App: 5 Key Decisions

At first glance, building an iOS app using Apple’s iBeacon API seems fairly straightforward. The API only consists of a few classes and methods and a ‘beacon’ isn’t actually a terribly complicated thing: in most cases (unless it’s paired with other technology) it simply transmits a small packet of data and lets your app do […]

Responsive Design for the Internet of Things

We need a responsive design framework for the Internet of Things: a set of procedures, approaches and best practices that guide the design of the user experience in a way that’s responsive to the “real” instead of the screen. I’ve been calling this approach Responsive-R (for reality). Responsive-R is an acknowledgement that there’s a major […]

iBeacon Made Easy: Radius Launches Proximity Kit

The crew at Radius Networks have been a busy bunch. On top of their API library for Android devices and Bluetooth LE beacons, they’ve now added Proximity Kit, an API for iOS that makes geofencing and beacon management a snap. The concept is simple enough: if you’re currently creating an iOS app that scans for […]

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 […]

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 […]

iBeacons: Can My iOS App Find Beacons That Aren’t Mine?

Update (October 22, 2013): Radius Networks has taken this question further, and answers with a resounding “NO”, iOS will NOT let you find beacons that aren’t your own. Their conclusion? There doesn’t seem to be any hack to look for an arbitrary iBeacon on iOS — you have to know at least the ProximityUUID to […]

iBeacon Tutorial for iOS 7 by DevFright

While developers have time to play with the code ahead of the public launch of new versions of Apple software, there’s usually still a delay before we have a good set of tutorials on new features of Apple iOS. When it comes to the iBeacon framework, the delay is exacerbated in part by it being […]