iBeacon UX and Design: 3 Ways Beacons Will Reconstruct Reality

Reality is messy. That’s the secret challenge of iBeacon and Bluetooth LE proximity devices. Think about it: we live in an online world where design has gone “flat”, where iOS7 took away all the felt and leather and extrusions so that the interface gave “deference” to content and where Google marches on with an improved […]

The Future of iBeacon: Trends for the Year Ahead | Guest Post

Where will iBeacon go next? What’s the future of proximity technology? We’ve moved far more rapidly than I think even Apple could have expected – shifting from pilots to large scale deployments across multiple industries in a compressed time period. Stefan Wolpers, who’s a stand-out thinker on the technology (and published a compelling overview of […]

Beacon Bug: Apple Loses iBeacon Ranging….And Drives Developers Mad

A new bug in the Apple iBeacon stack is driving developers a bit, well, buggy – and leaving them wondering if it’s their code, the beacon or something else that’s causing problems in discovering beacons. The bug causes iPhones to suddenly stop ranging for beacons. Our team in the UK found a similar result this […]

iBeacon Wearables (And Outdoor Beacons Too!)

Bluetooth LE beacons built into sunglasses are getting a lot of press this week. At 9to5Mac they report on an upcoming crowd funding campaign being planned by Tzukuri who have designed a beautiful set of frames with a built in beacon – misplace your sunglasses and an app on your phone will notify you that you’re […]

iBeacon Hackathon UK: Guest Column

An iBeacon hackathon this past weekend put London at the center of innovation thanks to BeMyApp and the event sponsors and partners. (We were thrilled to be a media partner!) Tim Groot, an innovator on the ‘beacon scene’ in the UK and member of the Nodes team, files this report. By Tim Groot The iBeacon […]

Radius Networks Collects iBeacon Technology

Radius Networks is collecting the locations of beacons. They’re also collecting companies, announcing the purchase this week of 4DK, a provider of mobile messaging services. On the acquisition front, the purchase is intended to expand the toolkit of services that Radius provides developers, retailers and others on the hunt for proximity services. The 4DK analytics […]

iBeacon Sees the Light: Powering a New Generation of Bluetooth LE

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 […]

Beacon Hackathon: UK Edition

A Hackathon will be held this weekend (April 25-27th) in the UK with presentations by beacon providers on Friday evening, and two days of coding and judging on Saturday and Sunday. The event, being hosted by BeMyApp, follows on the success of the company’s San Francisco edition. You don’t need to be a coder to […]

Apple iBeacon Specification: Why Power Matters

Apple is a control freak. Which might come as a surprise to manufacturers of iBeacon devices, who have so far been required only to self-certify their compliance with the Apple iBeacon specification. But device makers who rely on batteries instead of a plugged in power source are making trade-offs that may put them in conflict […]

iBeacon UX Design Approach: Visible or Invisible?

Proximity-based experiences challenge mobile designers to think of the user experience in new ways. iBeacon and Bluetooth LE powered beacons might be a simple technology – after all, the only thing they really do is broadcast a small radio signal. But that signal allows an app to, well, do stuff based not on a user’s location, […]