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 Update: Success Factors and Myths

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Beacons will change the way our phones respond to proximity – a paradigm change from location-based interactions. It will move us from coupons being delivered in a store aisle to an understanding that everything can be a beacon – from a moving car to another person, from the front door of a store to the […]

Prisoner’s Dilemma: iOS 7.1 Challenges iBeacon Developers

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Apple has made iBeacon better with the release of iOS 7.1. But the changes in the consumer opt-in experience will will create new tensions in experience design that will challenge the entire market. The improvements are game changers: not only will your app now ‘range’ for beacons even if it’s closed, but there are other […]

RadBeacon : Beyond the Battery

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Not all beacons will be stuck to the underside of a shelf or above the doorway of your local shop. RadBeacon by Radius Networks is a reminder that in the battle of the beacons one of the biggest challenges is battery life – but that there’s a way to overcome it. We finally got around […]

iBeacon: Is Bluetooth On? And Other Insights from Empatika

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What are the biggest challenges in designing experiences around Bluetooth LE beacons? Can we even count on consumers to have Bluetooth on? And can iBeacon technology do more than just deliver coupons? For the developers at Moscow’s Empatika the answers to these questions haven’t always come easy but they’ve come through winning strategies for user […]

Samsung Puts a Watch on Bluetooth LE

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As expected, the new flagship Galaxy S5 supports Bluetooth LE connectivity thus putting the world on notice that iBeacon technology isn’t just for Apple. KitKat Drives Bluetooth LE The new device updates the operating system to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) and thus unlocks access to the phone’s Bluetooth LE capabilities. The version of the operating system […]

Android and iBeacon: Will Samsung Introduce a Bluetooth LE Framework?

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Patently Apple reports that Samsung has filed a trademark for Flybell, which for all intents looks a lot like Apple’s iBeacon. They propose that the product may be launched this coming Monday along with the release of the Samsug Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Sure to be called an ‘iBeacon Competitor’ […]

Lights Out: Philips LED Beacons Are Cool, But They’re No iBeacon

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Philips is testing a beacon solution in Düsseldorf that uses LED lights to help shoppers find their way through the store. The system acts much the same as a Bluetooth LE powered beacon (or iBeacon – Apple’s version of the same thing). While the company has made clear that it’s only demonstrating the technology and […]

iBeacon and Bluetooth LE: Markers for the Digital Age

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Beacons are just a pile of rocks… Guest Post: Richard Grundy, CTO, Techdept So you may well have heard that beacons (in their many formats) are the marketing gold of the digital age. What many will not tell you is that when you get down to the basics beacons are simply the modern digital equivalent […]

iBeacon Auto: Your Car is a Beacon

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Automatic Link has added Bluetooth LE functionality in the latest update to its ‘smart driving assistant’ and while it might be mostly a novelty at first it hints at a future in which beacons aren’t just confined to the walls of your local mall. By embedding a Bluetooth LE beacon in the Automatic Link device, […]