Bluetooth LE Proximity Technology: What’s the Big Deal?

When Apple adopted Bluetooth LE we finally arrived at a proximity-based technology supported by all the major platforms (with the phones running them soon to follow). With Apple refusing to adopt Near Field Communications (NFC) and challenges in its adoption by consumers, Bluetooth LE and ‘beacons’ finally seem to give us a way to….locate people? […]

Bluetooth Beacons: Love, Intimacy and Seduction on the Internet of Things

Bluetooth LE and iBeacon technology opens up a new level of intimacy with your user. The seemingly subtle difference between location and proximity hides a more profound idea: that we can now move past where someone is and begin to craft experiences based on how close they are to something. Proximity technology is to location as watching […]

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 […]

Design Thinking and the Internet of Things

The first challenges on the Internet of Things are engineering-based. Getting things to talk to each other, reverse engineering beacon packets and whacking away at code until I can figure out how to water the lawn or adjust the temperature in my living room. But technology alone is not the answer. Just because we can doesn’t […]

Internet of Things: Saving Us From Distraction

The Internet of Things will bring us back to reality. Instead of isolation and disconnection, we’ll be connected again, we’ll be more physical, more tactile. Without it, smart phones and mobile devices may just kill us and destroy public life. Urban theorist Malcolm McCullough says we can’t stop our love affair with our devices. But […]

The Future of iBeacons: 5 Companies to Watch

If you want to see the future of iBeacons, don’t just look to retailers for the answer. Apple’s launch of iBeacons finally gives us a wireless tech that works across platforms and addresses the limitations of NFC and GPS. But the early focus seems to be on retail, with Business Week proclaiming that iBeacon is […]

iBeacons, Brands and the Internet of Things: Weekly Spotlight

This week, it isn’t when brands will feel the impact of iBeacons and the Internet of Things, it’s with what. Less Intrusive, More Intimate At GigaOm, interrupting consumers as they walk around a world of connected everything might be the easy money, but it’s smart content that will be the winner: “There are two options […]

Internet of Things: This Week’s Top Posts

There’s something new on the Internet of Things every week – from Bluetooth LE wrist bands for kids, to shareable bike locks that you run on your phone, to sprinklers that know the weather. But the news of the week was Android. And with Radius Networks seemingly leading the charge, we’re seeing strong evidence that […]

Bluetooth LE and the Internet of…Bike Locks

Bluetooth LE powers beacons, thermostats and garden sprinklers. Next up? Using it to replace keys and combinations on your bike lock. The lock, being promoted on Kickstarter, is over halfway to its funding goal. And while I have reservations about Kickstarter in general, the Bitlock project is, if nothing else, a reminder of how many […]

Your Child is the Beacon: How Bluetooth LE Will Keep Kids Safe

Bluetooth LE powers your child’s wrist watch in a new wearable that’s setting out to make your kids safer. Advertised as the “Guardian Angel for your child”, they’re low cost, low energy devices that can make herding kids a heck of a lot easier than herding cats – or at least helps you track when […]