What’s After Nest? Blue Maestro Sets the Bar for Bluetooth LE Devices

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We’ve seen the future of Bluetooth LE. And it’s taking your temperature. While Nest is getting the press this week over its acquisition by Google for a cool $3.2 billion, it’s a plucky upstart from the UK that has us excited about how connected devices won’t just slip into the fabric of our lives – […]

Who’s Winning the War for Beacons? Bluetooth LE Statistics

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EarthPing is  a Research Project Setting Out to Collect Bluetooth LE Data How many iBeacon devices are there in your local mall? How many connected products use Bluetooth LE? One developer wants us to all help find out and to contribute to a global effort to gather stats. BlueScan is an Android app that lets you […]

What’s Next for Estimote: 5 Things to Watch With Its Next Launch

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Estimote will launch an update in 2 weeks, right around the time the National Retail Federation is meeting in New York (a natural home for the company, who claims a clear focus on retail). The update will include a firmware update that addresses security concerns and the ability to manage UUIDs and connectivity and pairing. […]

Can Your Estimote Be Hacked? Yes It Can (For Now)

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Your Beacons Can Be Hijacked (If You Don’t Do It Right) Estimote beacons can be ‘hacked’ and coders with malicious intent could change the advertising packet data in the devices. If the devices were being deployed on a large scale the exploit would mean that the beacon you put up in your store could, in […]

iBeacon and Brands: 5 Approaches to Engaging Customers

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Bluetooth LE Will Power ROI-Driven Ways to Create Brand Engagement iBeacon technology will give brands a new toolkit for 2014: a natural extension of existing strategies and tactics, a way to get closer to the point of sale, and a new way to engage consumers. Brands will deploy proximity technology in retail but also as […]

5 UX Predictions for a World of iBeacons in 2014

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User Experiences with Bluetooth LE Beacons Don’t End at Coupons Bluetooth LE powered devices will inspire a new generation of smart apps that slip you coupons as you shop, point out sales on shoes at Macy’s, or book you appointments at the Genius Bar. But the kinds of experiences we’ll have that are facilitated by […]

iBeacon: My Love is Like Chocolate for the Internet of Things

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Bluetooth LE is just the start of a new world in which our devices can finally “see”. While companies like Estimote are already hybrid devices – combining an accelerometer and temperature detector to enable some fascinating uses (your shop door opens and it triggers a welcome message on a device, say), a whole range of […]

Qualcomm Gimbal: New Beacons Set the Bar for Bluetooth LE

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The world of beacons just got a lot more interesting with the launch of Gimbal beacons by Qualcomm. Not only are the beacons cheap but they come with a robust back-end system, software developer kit, and all the weight of the Qualcomm brand. While start-ups like Estimote have grabbed most of the headlines in the […]