GeLo Webinar: Bluetooth Beacons with Content Management System

GeLo, which integrates Bluetooth LE beacons with a content management system, will be holding a Webinar tomorrow, November 14th at 9:00 am PST, hosted by the Bluetooth developer portal. (If you can’t make it, they’ll archive the Webinar following the broadcast. Also see Brock’s summary of the Webinar). The intro will be worth it to […]

Getting Started with Estimote (2) : Finding Beacons, Range and Precision

Differentiating between range and precision is one of the challenges of understanding how to build effective use cases with iBeacon, Estimote beacons and other other types of Bluetooth LE devices. I had an interesting back-and-forth with someone on Twitter last night asking about the range of beacons. The conversation reminded me of my own confusion […]

Apple Bluetooth LE Patent and the Smart Watch Whale

An Apple patent around Bluetooth LE has the tech press frothing (again) over the possibility that it’s a signal of a coming smart watch. Apple Insider reports that the patent “proposes a method by which a device can connect to, and share a network with, a second device via low-power communications, such as Bluetooth. ” […]

Internet of Things Monday Brief: Build, Feel

Screens are old school. Even the screen on your smart phone, which might be driving you to distraction, is a trivial toy when compared to the coming flood of hardware…10 connected devices or sensors for every person on the planet. It’s a hardware renaissance. A hardware revolution: “If the hardware revolution as a whole were […]

Nike to Android: Get Running with Bluetooth LE

In a swipe at Android device makers, Nike claims that a lack of consistent Bluetooth LE support is holding back app support for its FuelBand line of products. Pocket-lint reports: “In a candid chat with the VP… he expressed the usual frustrations many developer claim to have; that there are too many variations of Android […]

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 […]

Estimote: Stumbling or Thriving with Success?

Estimote has a winner. But is it leaving its customers behind? Estimote produces one of the first commercially available Bluetooth LE devices that will take full advantage of Apple’s iBeacon framework (and its rapid adoption by Android developers). But it doesn’t just have a winner: it has an OMG WTF are we supposed to do […]

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 […]

Using iBeacons to Disable Apps and Phone Features

Sometimes it isn’t what an iBeacon will let your phone DO, it’s what it will PREVENT your phone from doing. In a use case I’d never frankly thought about, Endpoint Protector proposes a promising line of thinking: having iBeacons trigger phones to disable features or lock off usage of certain apps. For the corporate-minded security […]