Beacons Make Brands Smarter (And Consumers Win)

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Beacons make brands powerful. But the power comes at a price: because unlike passive detection technologies, beacons emit a signal. And that signal is both a godsend for brands and the source of their greatest terror: that a consumer will delete their app, that they’ll cross the line from contextual to creepy. Beacons can make […]

Apple Launches an iBeacon [and they call it a watch]

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The speculation was correct. Apple launched its own iBeacon. But it didn’t come in the form you might have been expecting. Instead, you’ll strap it to your wrist and in so doing, the power of beacons to help make sense of the world around us will have a very personal, tactile and physical connection – […]

Adding iBeacon to Your Mobile Strategy | Guest Post

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Ever since Apple deployed Beacons across 254 of its stores in the US, there has been a substantial buzz around these tiny devices, that businesses believe will act as the magical bridge between the offline and online worlds. According to a recent study by eDigitalResearch, 78% of consumers agreed that they would be happy to […]

iBeacon Alternative: Arduino Beacons and Evothings HTML Studio

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Want to create your own beacon? Grab an Arduino and check out the Evothings road map to make it happen. The company demonstrates how to use their Evothings Studio to deliver interactions based on HTML and Javascript to to the end user, whether for iOS or Android. Using a relaxation/exercise example, the company notes that […]

iBeacon and Education: Bringing Beacons to the Classroom

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iBeacon and related technology has a role in the classroom. But while it’s great to have a cool technology for the classroom (acetates on overhead projectors were probably once considered the height of interactive teaching) it’s just a gadget if there isn’t well-considered andragogy or pedagogy. I’ve spent the better part of my career exploring […]

iBeacon Raises Stakes: Kontakt.io Takes Investment

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We’ve long been fans of Kontakt.io. The company, which was one of the early entrants into the (now crowded) field of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons has displayed a solid approach to technology that avoided flash and dazzle for good old solid coding and services. While their earliest beacons weren’t anything fancy, the company kept improving, […]

iWatch, iBeacon and What’s Wrong With Wearables

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When you working with iBeacon technology, the coming generation of wearable devices seems like a natural extension to how you think about user experiences. What better place, after all, to push a welcome message triggered by a beacon than to your wrist? If you’re not asking your customer to take their phone out of their pocket […]

iBeacon in the Enterprise

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iBeacon will play a role in the office of the future. The role of mobile in the enterprise has undergone a sea change in the past year or two. With companies increasingly abandoning hope that they can prevent the “bring your own device” (BYOD) tidal wave, employees are demanding consumer-level quality in enterprise app experiences. […]

iBeacon for Health: With BLE, a Nudge Will Do

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Project Boundary wants to make you healthier. By placing beacons at key locations, it encourages you to make better choices based on proximity, using gamification to reward participants. A beacon at an elevator, for example, can send a message encouraging you to take the stairs instead. Do so and unlock the mountaineer achievement and get […]