Hybrid Bluetooth LE: The Next Generation of iBeacon Is Already Here

AirFy is More Than a Beacon

The next generation of Bluetooth LE devices will let you know when the front door is opened, whether your bacon is crisp enough for you, and let you tap into free WiFi to overcome limits to 3G/4G bandwidth in a store. For all the talk about beacons, the true power of a connected world comes […]

Apple iBeacon Is Broken – Even for Apple

Apple Eats Its Own Applesauce and Discovers the Problems with iBeacon

Even Apple isn’t immune to flaws in its iBeacon technology – and while its deployment in Apple stores is a great demo of the technology, it seems that even Apple still needs to work out kinks in how you design beacon-based experiences. We’ve documented these issues previously and point to our post about the kinds of […]

Bluetooth LE: With Nordic Inside Wearable, Your Arm Is The Controller

Bluetooth LE Chip Lets You Control the World

Nordic Semiconductor confirmed today that the Myo, an armband that uses Bluetooth LE to turn your arm into a gesture controller, utilizes their using nRF51822 2.4GHz System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity. The armband, which will ship in 2014 for $149, is the world’s first muscle activity electromyography-based gesture control device. […]

iBeacon Magazines: Content that Unlocks at Your Local Bar

Exact Editions Turns Its Magazines Into iBeacon Readers

Exact Editions has launched ByPlace(TM) a service for publishers that lets them deliver content through Apple’s Newstand based on iBeacon proximity technology. Bluetooth LE, which powers small ‘beacons’ (such as Estimote) that can be popped onto a shop wall or counter, sends a small packet of data to a user’s phone or iPad. Once the […]

Bluetooth LE: Where Go the Wearables, So Go I

Designing for a world of beacons isn’t about making current transaction-based systems more efficient: it’s about designing experiences that matter to users. I was reminded of this by a summary of design principles for wearable devices by Marcus Weller (emphasis added): “In the coming decade, wearable technology will touch nearly every aspect of our lives. It […]

Bluetooth LE: In a World of Connected Devices, My Home Is The World

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The Internet of Things isn’t new. For a while now we’ve had tags in clothing and sensors that can detect the flow in a distant pipeline or traffic jams around the corner. But looking towards a consumer-facing IoT, the extent of our dreaming was a fridge that would detect whether we needed to buy milk […]

Building an iBeacon iOS App: 5 Key Decisions

Proximity Kit Makes Regions and Beacons Easy

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 […]

Turn Your Mac Into a Beacon? YES, You Can!

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You can turn your Macintosh computer into a fully configurable Bluetooth LE beacon. With Radius Networks at it again, life just got a lot more pain-free for the rest of us with the launch of their MacBeacon app. A few short weeks ago we were running around town looking for a Bluetooth LE dongle on […]